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Whitcombe, Dorset

Historical Description

Whitcombe, a parish in Dorsetshire, 3 miles SE of Dorchester station on the G.W.R. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 745; population, 41. The Earl of Portarlington is lord of the manor. The living is a donative in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £13. The church is small and ancient.

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 -
HundredCulliford Tree 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtDorchester 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1596. 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

not dedicated (parish church)

The church (not dedicated) is a small but ancient building of stone, in mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 2 bells: restorations were carried out in 1912, during the course of which the rood loft stairs were discovered, and the removal of plaster from the north wall disclosed some fresco. There are 60 sittings. The burial ground contains several ancient tombs, including one dated 1625. The church is mentioned in Doomsday Book, and the font is of the 12th century.

Civil Registration

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

Whitcombe 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 Whitcombe from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Whitcombe 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