Transcript of the description for Stalbridge from Kelly's Directory of Dorset, 1889

Stalbridge is a market town and parish, situated on the branch of the river Stour near the Somersetshire border of the county, having a station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, 5 miles north-west from Sturminster Newton, 5 east from Milborne Port, 7 east from Sherborne, 10 south-west from Shaftesbury and 114 from London by rail, in the Northern division of the county, Brownshall hundred, Sturminster petty sessional division and union, Shaftesbury county court district, rural deanery of Shaftesbury, Stalbridge portion, archdeaconry of Dorset and diocese of Salisbury.