This description of the village of Stratton, Dorset, England is taken from “The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset” by John Hutchins, M.A., The Third Edition, Corrected, Augmented, and Improved, by William Shipp and James Whitworth Hodson. Vol. II, 1866.
This little village takes its name (as many other places in England do) from its situation on a Roman way or street, as the common people call it; quasi Street Town. The road on which it stands issues out of Dorchester, passes through Bradford Peverel, and, crossing the Frome there, comes to the west end of this vill, and goes on thence to Ilchester. It lies on the north side of the river Frome, a mile north-west from Bradford; but does not occur in Domesday Book.
9 Jac. I. the tithes of lamb and wool here, and in Grimston and Langford and West Wrackelford, were granted, inter alia, to Francis Morrice. In 1645 the old rents of this manor, being a prebend of Sarum, value 15l. were sequestered. Angel Smith, gent. who was buried in 1626, is described in the parish register as having been “Lord of Stratton 58 years.” He was probably lessee under the prebendary of Sarum. One of his daughters and coheirs married George Grey; and the manor and farm, value 210l. per annum, afterwards belonged to the Greys of Kingston Maurward, who were also lessees under the prebendary of Sarum. By Mrs. Lora Pitt, their heiress, this estate came to George Pitt of Stratfield Say, esq. from who, it descended to William Morton Pitt esq. as lessee of the prebend, who sold the same to the late Robert Pattison, esq. in 1825, to whose widow it now belongs (1866). Mrs. Lora Pitt resided for some time in the manor-house below the church.