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Coombe Keynes, Dorset

Historical Description

Coombe-Keynes, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles S of Wool station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5½ WSW of Wareham. Post town, Wool, under Wareham; money order and telegraph office, Wool. Acreage, 2011; population, 119. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £100. The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1862, consists of nave and chancel, and is in the Early English 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 -
Ecclesiastical parishCoombe-Keynes Holy Rood 
Poor Law unionWareham and Purbeck1836 -
Registration districtWareham 
Registration sub-districtWareham 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1585. 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

The Holy Rood (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Rood, rebuilt in 1860, is of stone, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, north porch and a low western tower containing 3 bells (one of which is dated 1599): the east window is stained and there is an ancient font, and a brass to Henry Budden, 1906: The church affords 124 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Coombe Keynes was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Coombe Keynes from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Coombe Keynes 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH20
Post TownWareham