Coombe Keynes, Dorset
Coombe-Keynes, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles S of Wool station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5 ½ WSW of Wareham. Post town, Wool, under Wareham; money order and telegraph office, Wool. Acreage, 2011; population, 119. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £100. The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1862, consists of nave and chancel, and is in the Early English style.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Coombe-Keynes Holy Rood|
|Poor Law union||Wareham and Purbeck (1836-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1585. 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).
Church of England
The Holy Rood (parish church)
The parish church of the Holy Rood, rebuilt in 1860, is of stone, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, north porch and a low western tower containing 3 bells (one of which is dated 1599): the east window is stained and there is an ancient font, and a brass to Henry Budden, 1906: The church affords 124 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Coombe Keynes was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Coombe Keynes from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Online maps of Coombe Keynes are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.