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Winterborne Came, Dorset

Historical Description

Winterborne Came, a parish, with Cripton hamlet, in Dorsetshire, 1½ mile SE of Dorchester station on the G.W.R. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 1544; population of the civil parish, 130; of the ecclesiastical, 181. A nunnery cell to Caen, in Normandy, was here. Came House is the chief residence, and belongs to the Earl of Portarlington. The living is a rectory, united with Winterborne Faringdon, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £190. The church is in the Later English style, with an embattled tower.

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 1696. 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. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter is a small building of stone, in the Later English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and an embattled western tower containing 2 bells: there is a carved oak screen, two full-sized recumbent effigies and memorial windows to Sir Arthur Charles Magenis, Countess Fortescue, the Hon. Mrs. Damer, Col. Damer and Mrs. Wilmot Williams: the church affords 100 sittings: in the churchyard is the Damer family vault, and a tomb to the memory of the Rev. William Barnes B.D. poet and philologist, rector here 1862-86.

Civil Registration

Winterborne Came was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Winterborne Came 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.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester