Where people lived and what they did.
The Sandford of the 1840s was very different from the Sandford of today. About half was plantation, a third heath and most of the remainder farmland. The Census of 1841 records only 26 inhabitants. They mostly relied on farming, and lived in what are now known as Camp Cottage, Camp Farmhouse, Dibgy Cottages and Keeper's Cottage. These buildings, the remaining field boundaries, and the main road to Poole, which has bisected Sandford since its construction as a turnpike in the 1760s, provide the main points of reference for today.