List of liberties in Dorset

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Liberties were an administrative unit of local government in England from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, co-existing with the then operative system of hundreds and boroughs but independent of both, generally for reasons of tenure. The following were the liberties in the county of Dorset and the areas they contained:

Chaldon Herring
Edmondsham (part)
Moreton (part)
Pulham (part)
West Lulworth
Wool
Dewlish
Milborne St Andrew (part)
Fordington
Hermitage
Minterne Magna (part)
Stockland (part) (ie, Dalwood, transferred to Devon 1844)
Bettiscombe
Bincombe
Burton Bradstock
Compton Valence
Frampton
Winterborne Came (part)
Bourton (from 1866)
Gillingham
Motcombe
Bothenhampton
Loders
Gorewood (from 1858)
Minterne Magna (part)
Piddletrenthide
Powerstock (part)
Chickerell (part)
Preston
Stockwood
Upwey (part)
Elwell, part of the parish of Upwey
Wyke Regis

Sources[edit]

  • Boswell, Edward, 1833: The Civil Division of the County of Dorset (published on CD by Archive CD Books Ltd, 1992)
  • Hutchins, John, History of Dorset, vols 1-4 (3rd ed 1861-70; reprinted by EP Publishing, Wakefield, 1973)
  • Mills, A D, 1977, 1980, 1989: Place Names of Dorset, parts 1-3. English Place Name Society: Survey of English Place Names vols LII, LIII and 59/60