Over Compton, Dorset
Compton, Over, a parish in Dorsetshire, at the boundary with Wilts, 3 miles from Sherborne station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Compton, under Sherborne; money order and telegraph office, Nether Compton. Acreage, 688; population, 129. Over Compton House is the seat of the Goodden family. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Nether Compton, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is good.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Diocese||Bristol||1542 - 1836|
|Ecclesiastical parish||Over Compton St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Sherborne||1835 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1626. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).
Church of England
St. Michael (parish church)
The parish church of St. Michael is a small building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel with chapel, nave, south porch, and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 4 bells: the tower is 63 feet high, and is built of Ham Hill stone: the east window and three others are stained: there are 140 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Over Compton was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Over Compton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Compton, Over (St. Michael))
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Over Compton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.