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BLANDFORD-FORUM (ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL), a parish, in the union of BLANDFORD, comprising the borough and market-town of Blandford-Forum and the township of Pimperne, in the hundred of PIMPERNE, Blandford division of DORSET, 16 miles (N. E.) from Dorchester, and 104 (S. W.) from London; containing 3349 inhabitants. This place derived its name from its situation near an ancient ford on the river Stour, called by the Romans Trajectus Balaniensis, It was nearly destroyed by an accidental fire in 1579, but was soon afterwards rebuilt.

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

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