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BELLCHALWELL, a parish, in the union of STURMINSTER, hundred of CRANBORNE, Sturminster division of DORSET, 8 miles (W. N. W.) from Blandford-Forum, containing 225 inhabitants, and comprising 1308 acres, of which 222 are common or waste. The living is a discharged rectory, united in 1776 to the rectory of Fifehead-Neville, and valued in the king's books at £7. 15. The tithes have been commuted for £260, and there are 3 acres of glebe.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, 1848. Transcribed by Nigel Batty-Smith ©2014

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