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

SYDLING St. NICHOLAS, a village 8 miles N.W. from Dorchester, and 2½ S.W. from Cerne Abbas. The church is dedicated to St. Nicholas, and the living is a vicarage. Here is a small chapel for Independents, and another for Wesleyans, and an endowed free school. The parish, with Upper Sydling, comprises 4080 acres, and had in 1841 a population of 615. Post-office at John Hollier's, Letters arrive at 8 a.m. and are despatched at 5 p.m.

Bowdidge Miss Ann
Brown Rev. Thos. Jas. A.M. (vicar)
Critchell Mrs. Martha
Fooks Mrs. Ann
Hallett Miss Mary
Hopkins Thomas, esq.
Keach Mr. John
Sherring, Robert, esq.
Tatchell Mr. John
Billett Maria, grocery, &c. dealer
Billett Matthew, tailor
Bowring Charles, dairyman
Bowring William, stone mason
Cox Joseph, farmer, Magestone
Churchill John, boot and shoe mkr.
Critchell Robert, thatcher
Devenish John, farmer
Dubbin Wm. boot and shoe maker
Dunning Hy. farmer, Up. Sydling
Dunning, William, yeoman
Edwards John, dairyman
Free School, Stagg Elizabeth mistress
Groves John, thatcher
Guppy Robert, baker
Hearn Simeon, miller and baker
Hillier Elizabeth, milliner
Hole Thomas, farmer
Howard James, farmer
Kiddle Henry, parish clerk
Lawrence Thos. boot & shoe maker
Lucas Josiah, cheese factor
Miles Thomas, boot & shoe maker
Newman Joseph, butcher
Newman Samuel Henry, brewer
Parmiter William, farmer, Upper Sydling
Rogers Robert, mason
Rogers William, blacksmith
Seale John, carpenter
Stroud James, miller and baker
Stroud Philip Thomas, farmer
Vincent Charles, beer retailer
Webber William, grocery dealer
Wightman Joseph, 'Greyhound'
Willey Robert, farmer
Winzer Thomas, draper and grocer