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Black Down, Dorset

Historical Description

Black Down, a hill-ridge in the NW of Dorsetshire, a continuation eastward of the Somerset and Devon Black Down. It rises to the altitude of 817 feet above the level of the sea; is crowned by a monument to Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy; and has a number of large marl pits, which have sometimes been regarded as Druidical.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.