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Melplash, Dorset

Historical Description

Melplash, an ecclesiastical parish in Dorsetshire. It lies 2½ miles SSE of Beaminster, and 2¼ from Bridport station on the G.W.R. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office at Bridport. Population, 412. Melplash Court, which was once a manor, is now a farmhouse, and was the birthplace of Sir Thomas More, who suffered in the time of Henry VIII. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £270 with residence. The church, consecrated in 1846, replaced an ancient one built about the 14th century, which was long standing in ruins.

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


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

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
Civil parishNetherbury 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1846.


Church of England

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Melplash from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Melplash 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.

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT6
Post TownBridport