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Melbury Bubb, Dorset

Historical Description

Melbury Bubb, a parish in Dorsetshire, under Bubb-Down, 1½ mile N by E of Evershot station on the G.W.R.,. and 5½ miles NW of Cerne Abbas. It contains the tithing of Woolcombe. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 1243;. population of the civil parish, 120; of the ecclesiastical, 624. Bubb Down is a conspicuous landmark, was formerly a beacon station, and commands a very extensive and beautiful view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury, with the rectory of Frome St Quintin and the chapelry of Evershot annexed; joint value, £450 with residence. Patron,. The Earl of Ilchester. The church was rebuilt in 1854, and retains the tower of a previous edifice; there is a quantity of very beautiful glass work in the building.

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 parishMelbury-Bubb St. Mary 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1750. 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. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary, rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1854, is a small building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave and embattled southern tower containing 4 bells: the windows retain pre-Reformation glass of the time of Edward IV. partly restored in 1887 by the Earl of Ilchester and in 1888 by Dr. and Mrs. Buckler: a memorial window was placed in 1888 to the late Rev. Barfoot Saunt: there are 100 sittings. A cross of Portland stone, 15 feet in height, was erected in the churchyard about 1903.

Civil Registration

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

Melbury Bubb was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Melbury Bubb from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Melbury Bubb 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