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

STALBRIDGE, a parish and small market town, standing on a branch of the river Stour, at a distance of 6½ miles E.N.E. from Sherborne, and 111 W.S.W. from London; it is located in the Sturminster division of the county and hundred of Browneshall. The town is comprised in two streets, the principal one running from north to south, and the other branching from it at its southern extremity; at the deflection of these thoroughfares, elevated on the uppermost tier of three octagonal flights-of stone steps, stands an ancient and much dilapidated stone cross, which is 30 feet in height, highly decorated with carvings, canopies and other curious specimens of the sculptor's skill. It appears that the manufacture of stockings, and subsequently that of silk, once existed here, but both these textile branches have become extinct.

The Church (St. Mary) is a commodious structure of by-gone days, possessing a lofty square embattled tower. The sacred pile has recently been judiciously repaired, and a new gallery constructed in the interior. The living is a rectory belonging to Christ Church College, Cambridge. Here are two dissenting chapels, one being for Independents, the other for the Wesleyans; there is likewise a school upon the National system, supported by gratuitous contributions. A market is held every alternate Tuesday, and fairs for all sorts of cattle on May 6th and September the 4th. Stalbridge contained, in 1841, 1985 individuals. Post-Office, at Thomas Lemon's, Letters delivered at 9 a.m. and despatched to all parts at 4 30 p.m.

Bisenti Rev Antonio, (Independent minister)
Morris Mr. William
Powys Rev. Littleton Chas. (rector)
Toogood Mr. John
Wilton Rev. Edward, (curate)
Barrow Henry A. farmer
Batten Henry, beer retailer
Benjafield Eli, farmer
Benjafield George, farmer
Bewsey Peter, farmer, Thornhill
Brooks Josiah, grocery, &c. dealer
Brown George, farmer
Brown John, beer retailer
Brown Samuel, farmer, Hargrove
Bryant Saml. carpenter and grocer
Bunn George, master of Free Schl.
Bugg Anthony, farmer, Frith farm
Burge Robert, farmer
Collins Alfred, grocer and ironmonger
Cook John, boot and shoe maker
Cox Amelia, children's school
Crew Charles, farmer, Cook's farm
Crew William, wheelwright
Curtis Robert, mason
Dike Frank, turner
Dike Geo. boot and shoe maker
Dober Valentine, cooper
Drew John, saddle maker
Duffett John, boot and shoe maker
Dyke George, plasterer
Dyke Henry, baker
Eavis Charles, farmer
Eavis George, blacksmith
Eavis James, carrier
Fookes Robert, surgeon
French Lucy, Berlin wool shop
Gatehouse John, farmer
Glyde William, chemist and grocer
Gough William, taiior
Green Robert, farmer
Green Samuel, farmer
Gulliver Samuel, farmer
Harris Ann, confectioner
Harris Daniel, farmer
Harris Frederick, beer retailer
Harris Mary Ann, grocery dealer
Harris Robert, tailor
Harris Samuel, farmer
Harris William, grocer, draper and saddler
Hatcher William, beer retailer and horse letter
Hobbs Mary, school for girls
Hockey Charles, watchmaker
Howe Thomas, farmer
Jeans George, carpenter
Jeans Isaac and Christopher, blacksmiths
Jeans James, 'Swan' and butcher
Lawrence Henry, farmer
Lemon Thomas, grocer & mason
Lewis John, corn dealer
Longman John, baker
Mead Andrew, plumber, pntr. &c.
Mead William, stone mason
Mogg Jesse, grocery, &c. dealer
Moore Robert, miller
Moore William, farmer
Morey John, grocer & wheelwright
Pitman Wm. painter, plumber, &c.
Read Richd. tailor, linen & woollen draper
Ridout Mary, beer retailer
Roberts John, farmer
Seymour John, stone mason
Sheppard Samuel, parish clerk
Sims Benjamin, farmer
Strange Simon, farmer
Stickland Edmund F. 'Hind Inn'
Tapper George, 'Red Lion' and inland revenue office
Taylor Henry, maltster
Taylor Thomas, brewer
Taylor Thomas, farmer, Ryall's farm
Taylor Wm. auctioneer, &c. agent to the West of England Fire and Life Office.
Tite Cristopher, boot and shoe mkr
Trew Anthony Turner, linen draper
Tulk John, farmer
Viney John, boot and shoe maker
Waite John, grocer and beer retailer
Warner Annie, mistress of Free school
West Charles, carpenter
West Elizabeth, beer retailer
Westbrook Chas. dealer in glass, &c.
Whelpton John, chemist and printr.
White Henry, brewer and maltster
White William, farmer
Woodrow, Danl. & Son carpenters

CARRIERS to Bath, Crocker, Tues. Thur. and Sat. at 3 p.m.; also, Dodimead, Mon. Wed. and Fri. at 6 a.m. To Blandford, Dodimead, Mon. Wed. and Fri. at 10 a.m.; also, Ford & Co. Tues. Thur. and Sat. at 5 p.m. To Bristol, Crocker, Tues. Thur. & Sat. at 3 p.m.; also Dodimead, Mon. Wed. and Fri. at 6 a.m. To Poole and Wimborne, Dodimead, Mon. Wed. and Fri. 10 a.m. To Salisbury, Eavis, Mon. 4 p.m. To Weymouth, Crocker, Tues. Thur. and Sat. at 3 p.m. To Wincanton, Dodimead, Mon. Wed, and Fri. at 6 a.m. To Yeovil, Crocker, Tues. Thur. and Sat. at 3 p.m.