Manston (St. Nicholas)
MANSTON (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Sturminster, hundred of Redlane, Sturminster division of Dorset, 6 miles (S. W. by S.) from Shaftesbury; containing 127 inhabitants. It comprises 1346a. 1r. 31p., of which 83 acres are arable, and 1202 pasture and meadow: the river Stour forms a boundary between this parish and that of Fiddleford. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 5., and in the gift of the Rev. G. F. St. John: the tithes have been commuted for £315, and the glebe comprises 52 acres. The church is very ancient. Thomas Dibden, a divine, orator, and Latin poet, who died in the year 1741, was born here.