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

PORTISHAM, a village, 8 miles S.W. from Dorchester, and 2 E.N.E. from Abbotsbury. The Church(St. Peter's) is in the Gothic style of architecture, having a square embattled tower, the living is a vicarage. At Coryates a new free school house has lately been erected. In this parish are some Druidical remains. The parish comprises 4303 acres, and had in 1841, 740 inhabitants,

Gorton Rev William Henry, M.A. Vicarage
Hardy Miss Augusta
Bartlett James, carpenter
Bartlett William, carpenter
Bascombe George, glazier
Bascombe Samuel, wheelwright, carpenter, house painter, &c.
Daw Isaac, boot & shoemaker
Daw John, boot & shoemaker
Dunning William, farmer, Corton & Friar Wadden
Fooks John, blacksmith
Gee William, grocer
Gill James, baker
Goodrich William, grocer
Hawkins Chas. farmer, West Waddon
Hayne Richard, 'Half Moon'
Hayne William, shoemaker
Neves Elizabeth (Mrs.) grocer
Parker George, bricklayer
Parker Wm. boot & shoemaker
Parker Margaret, grocery, &c. dealer
Pitcher Daniel, tailor
Russell Stephen, parish clerk
Sandford Wm. boot, &c. maker
Stickland John, 'Fountain Inn'
Stickland Jeremiah, 'King's Arms'
Symes Isaac, farmer & maltster
Symes John, farmer, Shilvinghampton
Thresher John, grocery dealer
Voss Samuel, boot & shoemaker, Coryates