Between 1724 and 1725 the Rev. Dr. Henry Dawney, vicar of Puddletown, Dorset, England or Piddletown as it was then called compiled an account of his parishioners. Dawnay recorded detailed information on the inhabitants of the central village in 1724, and then added the outlying farms and hamlets in 1725.
In 1906 Sir Frederick Treves, Surgeon to the King and Lord Record of the University of Aberdeen published Highways and Byways in Dorset, the county of his birth. It is from that publication that this description of the village of Puddletown is taken.