A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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STOBOROUGH, a liberty in the parish of the HOLY TRINITY, borough of WAREHAM, Blandford (South) division of the county of DORSET, of a mile (S.) from Wareham, containing 280 inhabitants.

It was formerly governed by a mayor, chosen annually at Michaelmas; but the inhabitants declining to qualify themselves, when the Schism act came into operation, in 1714, the office no longer exists, but a bailiff is appointed in the same manner as the mayor was, viz., by a jury at the court held by the lord of the manor.

Volume 4, page 180

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