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Compton Valence, Dorset

Historical Description

Compton-Vallence or East Compton, a parish in Dorsetshire, 3½ miles from Maiden Newton station on the G.W.R., and 8 WNW of Dorchester. It has a post office, of the name of Compton-Vallence, under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Maiden Newton. Acreage, 1322; population, 115. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £263 with residence. The church was rebuilt, except the tower, which is ancient, in 1840, in the Later English style, after designs by Ferrey.

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 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1655. 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. Thomas of Canterbury (parish church)

The parish church of St. Thomas of Canterbury is a building of stone, in the Gothic style of the 15th century, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 4 bells: the church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt and a north aisle added in 1839: there are 150 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Compton Valence was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

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

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Compton Valence 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