A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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STOWER-PROVOST, a parish and liberty in the Sturminster division of the county of DORSET, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Shaftesbury, containing 800 inhabitants.

The living is a rectory, to which that of Todbere was annexed in 1746, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 16. 4. 9., and in the patronage of the Provost and Fellows of King's College, Cambridge. The church is dedicated to St. Michael.

In the reign of William the Conqueror, a cell to the nunnery of St. Leger de Pratellis, or Preaux, in Normandy, was founded here, which at the suppression was granted to Eton College, and then to King's College, Cambridge. Rebecca Stonstreet, in 1785, bequeathed a small annuity for teaching poor children.

Volume 4, page 205

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