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NETHERBURY, is a village, about 2 miles, S.S.W. from Beaminster and 5 N. from Bridport in the hundred and union of Beaminster, situated on the river Birt, it contains also the hamlets of Melplaish and Salwayash, this neighbourhood abounds with orchards, which produce large quantities of apples, and much cider is made. The Church of Netherbury is a good structure, in the perpendicular style of architecture, and possesses a lofty tower, with a peal of bells therein; some portions of the edifice being in a dilapidated state, they have been judiciously repaired and the whole structure, churchyard, paths, &c. have undergone a careful restoration. The living, a vicarage, is in the gift of the prebendary of Netherbury, valued at £400. per annum. At Melplaish, a new Church has been erected and endowed, by a gentleman of London. Independent of its forming an architectural ornament to the locality, it provides spiritual instruction for a large and increasing neighbourhood. There is also an Independent Chapel at Waytown. This parish (Netherbury) contains about 6000 acres of land, and in 1841 was returned as having a population of 2162.

Butts Rev. Edw. D. Camesworth
Clare Miss Hannah, Strode
Cox Mrs. Mary
Crabb Mrs, Elizabeth
Crode Mrs. & Miss, Melplaish
Gollop Geo. Tilly, esq. Strode house
Hearn Mrs. Mary
Horscraft Rev. Daniel, (Independent minister)
Kiddle Mr. Richard
Kiddle Mr. Sherring
Lyon Chas. esq. North grange
Pulteney Rev. Richard, B.A. (curate)
Short Mrs. Mary, Waytown
Wills Rev. John, (Independent minister), Waytown
Akerman James, yeoman, Hinknole
Ashford Thomas, farmer
Brimson George, dairyman, Waytown
Brown Henry, grocery dealer
Brown Robert, ironfounder, Melplaish
Burridge Benjamin, boot and shoemaker
Chard John, boot & shoemaker
Charles Joseph, basket maker
Chubb Henry, haulier
Coles Wm. Jas. yeoman, Bowood
Conway James, farmer, Bingham
Cook Joseph, farmer, Pomice
Cox Edith, grocery dealer, Salway ash
Davis John, 'Blue Ball,' Dottery
Davy Clement, farmer, Yandover
Doble John, blacksmith
Dunham George, grocery dealer, Salway Ash
Dunham Thomas, Melplaish Green Inn', Melplaish
Dunn George, dairyman, Salway ash
Follett Adam, farmer
Follett Azarius Thos. carpenter
Follett Gaius, butcher & farmer
Follett Thomas, grocer & carpenter
Fowler George, cooper
Fowler Thomas, dairyman
Gale Thomas, shoemaker, Salway ash
Gerrard John, farmer, Yandover
Gifford John, flax & tow spinner
Gifford William, miller
Grammar School, (Endowed), Puslow John, master
Gudge George, beer retailer, Salway ash
Gudge Samuel, carpenter & wheelwright, Salway ash
Guppy William, carpenter & builder
Guppy William Flower, carpenter and builder
Guy Daniel, butcher & farmer
Hallett William, thatcher, Salway ash
Hansford Augustus, blacksmith, Bowood
Hansford Richard, dairyman, Salwayash
Hansford Simon, blacksmith
Hardy William, assistant overseer
Hine Henry, farmer, Elcombe
Hitt Thomas Walter, farmer, Elwell
Hoare Wm. 'New Inn' & maltster
Horsford John, beer retailer
Hussey Robert, farmer, Salwayash
Lenthall Eli, farmer, Kingsland
Macey William, dairyman
Major John, rake maker
Major James, beer retailer
Marsh Aaron, baker & grocer
Martin William, butcher, Salway ash
Meech Henry, yeoman, Waytown
Morey Thomas, farmer, Pymore
Munden Joseph, flax spinner
National School, Boucher Thirza, mistress
Nicholls John Seymour, yeoman, Melplaish court
Paul George, tailor, Bowood
Pitcher Henry, farmer, Limbury
Purchase Richd. farmer, Lucombe
Purchase Robert, beer retailer Waytown
Purslow John, day school
Rawles John, farmer, Salway ash
Rawlins Samuel, farmer, Mangerton
Read George, tailor
Read John, farmer
Roper John, farmer, Kingsland
Russell Charles, dairyman, Pomice
Russell John, dairyman, Bowood
Salisbury Chas. farmer, Salwayash
Sampson Edmund, baker
Saunders William, dairyman
Shier Elizabeth & Harriet, grocers & drapers
Shugar John, 'Crook Inn'
Shugar Robert, stonemason, Waytown
Shugar Thomas, grocer, &c.
Snell John, farmer, Kingsland
Spencer John, carpenter & wheelwright
Sprake Samuel farmer & butcher
Stone John, dairyman, Melplaish
Studley Susan, farmer, Ford
Symes Robert, farmer, Mangerton
Tolley Elizabeth, (Mrs.) beer retailer
Tolley Richard, farmer & parish clerk
Travers George, fish & fruit dealer
Travers James, farmer, Bidlake
Travers Thos. shoemaker, Salwayash
Trevett Robert, carpenter, smith & wheelwright, Melplaish
Tuck Job, farmer, Strong gate
Tucker John S. seedsman & corn factor, Bowood
Tucker William, farmer, Ford
Tucker Wm. ditto, Salwayash
Udall John, yeoman, Bowood
Wakely Ann, grocery dealer Wakely Sarah, beer retailer
Walden John, farmer, Elwell
Ward David, butcher
Warr Joseph, 'Rising Sun,' Bowood
Webb Henry, thatcher
Webb Thomas, tallow chandler
Willmott George, farmer, Waytown
Willmott George, jun. farmer, Lambrook
Wilmott Henry, farmer, Strode
Willmott Thomas, farmer, Waytown
Wilkins John, boot & shoemaker
Woodland James, dairyman

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