A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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SPETISBURY, a parish in the hundred of LOOSEBARROW, Shaston (East) division of the county of DORSET, 3 miles (S.E. by S.) from Blandford-Forum, containing 546 inhabitants.

The living is a rectory, with the perpetual curacy of Charlton-Marshall annexed, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 28. 18. 1., and in the patronage of Thomas Rackett, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The navigable river Stour runs close past the village.

Dr. Sloper, in 1728, founded and endowed with 20 per annum a school for teaching poor children. There is also a bequest by Bishop Hall, for supplying the poor with bibles. Here was a priory, a cell to the abbey of Preaux in Normandy, founded in the time of Henry I., but afterwards considered part of the cell of Monk Toftes in Norfolk, belonging to the same house. In the neighbourhood are the remains of a fortification, in which many coins and other relies of the Saxons have been found.

Volume 4, page 141

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