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"TOLLARD-ROYAL, a parish, partly in the hundred of Cranborne, county Dorset, but chiefly in the hundred of Chalk, county Wilts, 8 miles S.E. of Shaftesbury, and 8 N.W. of Cranborne. Ludwell is its post town. The parish is apportioned into four farms, viz:, Higher Farm, Lower Farm, Corner Farm, and Thorn Farm. In the parish is an old farm-house, called "King John's Hunting Seat", thought to be the remains of an ancient royal residence for hunting in Cranborne chase. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Sarum, value £467. The church, dedicated to St. Peter-ad-Vincula, has recently been restored. There is a National Sunday-school. Lord Rivers is lord of the manor."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Tollard Royal is at the South-West tip of Wiltshire, 10 miles South of Hindon and 7 miles SE of Shaftesbury (Dorset). Grid Ref ST944177. Postcode SP5 5PP. Population 286 in 1831, 140 in 1951.

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