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West Compton, Dorset

Historical Description

Compton-Abbas, West, a parish in Dorsetshire, 3½ miles SW of Maiden Newton station on the G.W.R., and 7 ENE of Bridport. Post town, Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Maiden Newton. Acreage, 857; population, 51. The manor belonged to Milton Abbey. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £120 with residence.

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 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1538. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael is a small modern building of stone in the Early English style. and consists of chancel, nave, west porch and one bell, hung in the porch: the chancel was rebuilt in 1858 and the rest of the church in 1867, and opened Oct. 3. 1867; there are 102 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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

Land and Property

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


Online maps of West Compton 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 districtDT2
Post TownDorchester