A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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TOLLARD-ROYAL, a parish partly in that part of the hundred of CRANBORNE which is in the Shaston (West) division of the county of DORSET, but chiefly in the hundred of CHALK, county of WILTS, 6 miles (S.E. by E.) from Shaftesbury, containing 288 inhabitants.

The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Salisbury, rated in the king's books at 16, and in the patronage of Austin, Esq.

The church is dedicated to St. Peter. In this parish is an old farmhouse, called King John's hunting seat, thought to be the remains of an ancient royal residence for hunting in Cranborne Chase.

Volume 4, page 318

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