Winterborne Came, Dorset
Winterborne Came, a parish, with Cripton hamlet, in Dorsetshire, 1 ½ mile SE of Dorchester station on the G.W.R. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 1544; population of the civil parish, 130; of the ecclesiastical, 181. A nunnery cell to Caen, in Normandy, was here. Came House is the chief residence, and belongs to the Earl of Portarlington. The living is a rectory, united with Winterborne Faringdon, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £190. The church is in the Later English style, with an embattled tower.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Dorchester (1836-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1696. 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
St. Peter (parish church)
The parish church of St. Peter is a small building of stone, in the Later English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and an embattled western tower containing 2 bells: there is a carved oak screen, two full-sized recumbent effigies and memorial windows to Sir Arthur Charles Magenis, Countess Fortescue, the Hon. Mrs. Damer, Col. Damer and Mrs. Wilmot Williams: the church affords 100 sittings: in the churchyard is the Damer family vault, and a tomb to the memory of the Rev. William Barnes B.D. poet and philologist, rector here 1862-86.
Winterborne Came was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974
Online maps of Winterborne Came 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.
Villages, Hamlets, &c
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.