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Bettiscombe, Dorset

Historical Description

Bettiscombe, a parish in Dorsetshire, 5 miles W of Beaminster, and 5 from Chard Road railway station on the L. & S.W.R. The area is 650 acres; population, 59. Post town, Charmouth (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Broadwinsor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £159 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1862, and is in the Early Perpendicular style.

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 unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtNetherbury 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1746. 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. Stephen (parish church)

The parish church of St Stephen, rebuilt in 1862, is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing one bell: the stained east window was presented in 1864 by the late J. Tatchell-Bullen esq. of Marshwood Manor: there are memorial windows to the Rev. James Woodward Scott, a former rector, and Mrs. Scott and their two children: the church affords 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Bettiscombe was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bettiscombe from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bettiscombe 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