Transcript of the description for Bourton from Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851

BOURTON, is a village in Gillingham parish, 3 miles E. from Wincanton and 8½ N. from Shaftesbury, it contains a church or rather a chapel of ease dedicated to St. George, the living of which is a perpetual curacy. Here is an iron foundry, a linen manufactory, another for flax spinning and the making of shoe-thread, and a tannery, so that altogether there is considerable employment for the operative classes. In 1841 Bourton had a population of 976. The counties of Dorset, Wilts, and Somerset unite at a point, on the banks of the Stour, at the extreme north part of this village, which junction is marked by a boundary stone. Post Office, at Walter Spicer's. Letters are received via Wincanton at 9 a.m. and are despatched thereto at 5 p.m.

Evans Commander D. R.N.
Evans Lieutenant Matthew
Hindley Miss Amzer
Jesse Mr. William
Loader Mrs. James
March Mr. George
Meaden Mr. William
Alford William, baker
Baker Sarah, Grocery, &c. dealer
Bell Luke, tailor
Charlton James, stonemason
Chubb Thomas, beer retailer
Clarence George, commission agt.
Collins John, blacksmith
Cousins Robert, currier
Cox Charles, farmer
Edmonds Charles, colt breaker
Everatt Amelia, grocery, &c. dlr.
Forward John, farmer
Gatehouse Felix, farmer
George James, tanner, & at Wincanton
Gough George, butcher
Hartgill Chas. Frdk. wheelwright and beer retailer
Hindley Emma, ladies' school
Hine James, blacksmith
Hutton Robert, colt breaker
Hutton William, farmer
Ings John, currier
Joy Henry, boot & shoemaker
Kellaway Elizabeth, farmer
Kellaway Robert, grocery, &c. dealer
Knapton George, butter dealer
Knapton Samuel, farmer
Lawrence James, tailor
Longman Isaac, farmer
Low Thomas, grocer and draper
Lush John, boot & shoemaker
Lush Samuel, do. & beer retailer
Maggs Henry, linen manufacturer
Maggs Oliver & Co. flax spinners & shoe thread manufacturers
Maggs Oliver, ironfounder, engineer & agricultural implmt. mkr
Matthews James, tailor
Meadon Robert, maltster
Millard Thomas B. gent's.school
Mitchell Bradbourn, tailor
Moody Robert, farmer & baker
Perry Thomas, farmer
Pitman James, shoemaker
Pitman John, brickmaker
Spicer Walter, 'Red Lion Inn'
Tabor Thomas, farmer
Williams George, farmer
Willis James, farmer

A 'bus' to Frome Mon. Wed. and Frid at 8 a.m.