Transcript of the description for Stoke Abbas or Stoke Abbot from Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851

STOKE ABBAS, alias Abbot Stoke, a village 2 miles W. from Beaminster. The church (St. Mary's) is an ancient edifice in the Gothic style; the living is a rectory. Here is a manufactory for making sail cloth, sacking, &c. The village contains a Dissenting chapel, and also a National school. The parish comprises 2303 acres, and had in 1841, 666 inhabitants.

Foster Rev. Charles John, B.A. (curate)
Bartlett Charles, dairyman
Bowditch John, farmer
Canterbury Wm. tin plate worker
Conway Thomas, draper and grocer
Coombs Charles A. and Rendell Henry, sail cloth and sacking manufacturers
Dauncey Fredk. Thos. auctioneer
Dunn David, beer retailer
Elliott Robt. boot and shoemaker
Fry Joseph, dairyman
Forsey John, baker
Gerrard Thomas, farmer, Brimley
Gifford William, miller
Green Benjamin, farmer
Hann David, blacksmith
Hann George, parish clerk
Hann Henry, 'Anchor Inn'
Hann Wm. grocer and carpenter
Hann William, jun. carpenter
Harwood James, grocer and mason
Holland Edwd. boot & shoemaker
National School, Miller Eliza, mistress
Macey George, flax & tow spinner, Horshill
Meech Samuel, dairyman
Miller Job, bailiff
Peach Matthew, farmer, Glitney
Pope William, yeoman, Laverstock
Prosser Jonathan, grocer & mason
Purchase William, dairyman
Roberts Charlotte, milliner & dress maker
Seymour John, farmer
Smith George, farmer
Symes Henry, thatcher
Tucker John, farmer
Tucker Joseph, farmer, Combe
Udal Mary,(Miss) farmer, Blackney
Wakeley, Wm. boot and shoemaker