Compton Abbas, Dorset

Historical Description

Compton-Abbas, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 ½ miles S by E of Shaftesbury, and 5 ½ S of Semley station on the L. & S.W.R. It includes Twyford hamlet, and its post town is Shaftesbury, under Salisbury; money order office, Fontmell Magna, Acreage, 1491; population, 299. The manor belonged to Shaftesbury Abbey. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £170. The church is good. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Dorsetshire
Diocese Salisbury
Ecclesiastical parish Compton-Abbas St. Mary
Hundred Sixpenny Handley
Poor Law union Shaftesbury (1836-)
Registration district Shaftesbury
Registration sub-district Fontmell

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1640. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).


Churches

Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary, built and opened in 1867, is of stone, and consists of apsidal chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a tower, with spire, containing 5 bells: the nave is divided from the aisle by two fine arches springing from cylindrical piers, and is seated with open benches : in the chancel is a brass tablet to the Rev. William S. Hadley M.A. who, as curate and rector, ministered to the parishioners of Compton Abbas for thirty-five years : there is also a silver cross mounted on ebony to Canon Hook Dyke, rector 1871 to 1895: there are 250 sittings.

St. Mary, Compton Abbas St. Mary, Compton Abbas


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Compton Abbas was in Shaftesbury Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Compton Abbas from the following:


Maps

Online maps of Compton Abbas are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.


Villages, Hamlets, &c

Bedhurst
Twyford


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.