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Melcombe Horsey

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Melcombe Horsey

St Andrew's church, Bingham's Melcombe
Melcombe Horsey is located in Dorset
Melcombe Horsey
Melcombe Horsey
Location within Dorset
Population141 [1]
OS grid referenceST749028
• London139 miles (224 km)
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Dialling code01258
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°49′15″N 2°21′22″W / 50.8207°N 2.3561°W / 50.8207; -2.3561

Melcombe Horsey is a civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England. It contains the small settlements of Melcombe Bingham, Bingham's Melcombe and Higher Melcombe, the last being the site of the deserted village of Melcombe Horsey. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 141.[1]

Bingham's Melcombe is a medieval house. It takes its name from Robert Bingham who acquired the property through marriage in the 13th century. It remained in the Bingham family until 1895.[2] The house is believed to be early 16th century. It was substantially restored and remodelled in 1893-4 by Evelyn Hellicar (1862-1929)[3]

Melcombe Bingham

Melcombe Bingham is a village in central Dorset, England, situated approximately 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Dorchester,[4] 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Sherborne and 8 miles (13 km) west-southwest of Blandford Forum.[5] It is surrounded by chalk hills of the Dorset Downs, though the village itself is sited in a basin of greensand and gault.[6][7][8]

The names of places in this area are frequently muddled, with published sources providing different information.[4][9] Melcombe Bingham is the name of the current village, though in the fields near the church there is an abandoned medieval village called Bingham's Melcombe, and this latter name is sometimes used to describe the church and its adjacent manor. Writing in 1980, writer Roland Gant stated "whichever form I use, I always find that the person to whom I am speaking uses the other".[10] Either way, the name of both the civil and ecclesiastical parishes is Melcombe Horsey.[4] There are two manor houses within the parish: the one by the church—owned for six hundred years (until the late 19th century) by the Bingham family—and another a couple of miles to the west in a coombe at Higher Melcombe (which is also called Melcombe Horsey by some sources).[6][7][10] Between the two manors is another settlement, situated along the road running north into the neighbouring parish of Hilton. This settlement is called either Hartfoot Lane or Ansty (including Lower Ansty, Ansty Cross, Higher Ansty, and Little Ansty), and, according to the Ordnance Survey, at its southern end it merges into part of Melcombe Bingham.[7][8][9]

Melcombe Horsey parish has an area of 2,151 acres. Its population in 1871 was 190 and in 1911 only 151.[4] The parish church, St. Andrew's, is located at the southeastern edge of the parish and its records date to 1690.[4]

See also

Baron Bingham, of Melcombe Bingham


  1. ^ a b "Area: Melcombe Horsey (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  2. ^ Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol III, Central, part 2, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments
  3. ^ Builder LXVI, 24 March 1894, page 236
  4. ^ a b c d e "Melcombe Horsey". Dorset OPC Project. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  5. ^ Bartholomew 1:100,000 National Map Series, sheet 4 (Dorset), published 1980, ISBN 0 7028 0327 8
  6. ^ a b "'Melcombe Horsey', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3: Central (1970), pp. 161-175". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 16, 109–110. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.
  8. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 map series.
  9. ^ a b Clive Hannay (June 2012). "Clive Hannay paints Ansty". Dorset Life Magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  10. ^ a b Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 90. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.
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