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HANDLEY, a village, formerly a market town, 5 miles N.W. from Cranborne. The church, an antique fabric, is built in the Gothic style; there is a chapel for Wesleyans and a National school. The parish embraces the chapelry of Gussage St. Andrew and the hamlets of Woodcotts and Minchington, and comprises about 5000 acres with a population in 1841, of 1076. Post Office, at James Hardiman's, Letters arrive at 10 a.m. and are despatched at 2 30 p.m.

Anstey Rev. Arthur, (rector)
Gray Rev. Geo. (Independent minister)
Steward Douglas, esq.
Adams John, carpenter
Bartlett Samuel, farmer, Gussage St. Andrews
Bennett Adam, farmer, Woodcuts
Biles Benjamin, West Woodyates
Burt Elizth. farmer, Minchington
Button John, grocer, &c.
Carpenter John, tailor
Cookman Job, boot & shoemaker
Cole Wm 'Thorny down Inn'
Cookman Joseph, tailor
Day John, bricklayer
Dibben Aaron, farmer & maltster, Dean lane
Dutch James, carrier
Elderton Nathaniel, grocer, &c.
Fanner Joshua, grocery dealer
Hardiman John, 'Roebuck' & collector of taxes
Harvey Chas. farmer, Chase farm, Newtown
Hibberd Aaron, farmer, Manor farm
Hicks Benjamin, farmer
Humby Josph. farmer, Minchington
Keates John, blacksmith
Kendall John, 'Cashmoor' and wheelwright, Cashmoor
Kingsbury William, farmer
Lill Thomas, grocer
National School, Oxford & Mansell, mistresses
Oram James, butcher
Perks Jas. W. farmer, Woodcutts
Rimond Joseph, carpenter
Sims James, beer retailer
Sims James, blacksmith
Stainer James, boot & shoemaker
Warren James, grocer, &c.
Wells William, tanner
White George, carpenter
White John, linen draper
Wilkins James, blacksmith
Wyatt William, carrier, Cashmoor
Young William, grocery dealer
COACH TO Salisbury, mon. wed. and frid. at 1 noon, and to Blandford, Dorchester & Weymouth, tues. thurs. and sat.
CARRIERS to Blandford, Wyatt, on sat. to Salisbury, Dutch, tues. and sat. and Wyatt on tues.

Transcribed from Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851