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

PIDDLETOWN a village 5 miles N.E. from Dorchester. This extensive parish comprises 8,000 acres, all the property of the lord of the manor, the Earl of Orford; it formerly had a market: fairs are held on April 8th and October 29th for cattle and pleasure. The church (St. Mary), exhibits two styles of architecture, viz. the decorated and early English, it is a large structure with an embattled tower; it contains a curious foot which is beautifully carved. Living a rectory. A manorial court is held annually in a building called the 'Hundred house.' Population in 1841, 1,168. Post Office at Stephen Arnolds'. Letters arrive at 7 a.m. and are despatched at 6 p.m.

Adams Mr. William
Cane Mrs. Elizabeth
Drake Mr. George
Dufall Mr. Henry
Horne Miss, Ilsington cottage
Neville Reginald Hy. esq. & lady Orford Earl of, Ilsington house
Pope Mr. Benjamin
Pouncy Mrs. Thomas
Templar Rev. Jas, Ackland, M.A. (vicar)
Allen Jas. grocer, draper, &c.
Antell John, boot and shoemaker
Arnold Stephen, baker
Arnold Thomas, boot & shoemaker
Beasant Henry, farmer
Beasant William, builder and farmer
Bishop Simon, tailor
Boyt John, butcher
Brett Wm. grocery dealer
Brown William, carpenter
Burden Joseph, farmer
Cake James, farmer, Bhompson & Dudill farms
Cake Percival, farmer, Ilsington
Cake Wm. farmer, Norris mill
Childs Hy. beer retailer, Heath
Cox Thos miller & baker
Cross Samuel, grocery dealer, Piddletown heath
Dunman Thomas, blacksmith and maltster
Dunman Wm. Hill, farmer, and agent to London Assurance F. & L. Company, Troy town
Edwards Joanna, grocer, &c. dealer
Goddard John, grocer and draper
Greening Richard, blacksmith, and manufacturer of agricultural implements
Hammond James, butcher, Northbrook
Hand Christopher, mason
Hand Thomas, tailor
Hann William, higler
Harding Jas. farmer, Waterson
Hardy Wm. stonemason
Hewlett John, dairyman
Hoare Joseph, boot and shoemaker
Holland Robt. baker and grocer
Hooper John, farmer
Hooper Joseph, farmer
House John, beer retailer, Piddletown heath
Jesty Thos. farmer, Druce
Jeorrett John, agricultural machine dealer
Johnson, William, surgeon
Jolliffe, Joseph, beer retailer and wheeler
Meech Gabriel, gamekeeper, Waterson
Newman Wm. 'Royal Oak Inn'
National School, mistress, Saunders Grace and Mary
Old Joseph, boys' school
Paine Charles, saddler & harness maker
Paine R. A. currier & leather cut.
Pearce Andrew, millwright
Pope Wm. farmer, Waterson
Puddicombe Ann, grocery dealer
Rendall Christopher, plumber, &c.
Roles Thomas, glover
Saunders William C. cornfactor & seedsman
Sherwood James,'Kings Arms'
Sherwood William, saddler
Stickland John, parish clerk
Stickland Richard, grocery, &c. dealer
Toms Wm. shoemaker & grocer
Wellman Thomas, grocer
Wellspring Thomas, boot & shoemaker
World Wm. boot and shoemaker