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Over Compton, Dorset

Historical Description

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.

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 parishOver Compton St. Michael 
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtSherborne 

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

Church Records

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 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.

Civil Registration

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:

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:

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 districtDT9
Post TownSherborne