Batcombe is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Newland.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1767
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Leigh
  • Frome St Quintin
  • Hilfield
  • Upcerne
  • Melbury Bubb
  • Sydling St Nicholas

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BATCOMBE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Cerne, hundred of Yetminster, Cerne division of Dorset, 3 miles (N. W. by W.) from Cerne-Abbas; containing 171 inhabitants. It comprises by computation 1149 acres, of which 172 are arable, 539 pasture, 28 orchard, 27 woodland, and 383 common: the soil is a deep black mould. The living is a discharged rectory, united in 1772 to that of Froome-Vauchurch, and valued in the king’s books at £9. 9. 9½.: the tithes have been commuted for £130, and there are 45 acres of glebe. The church is a handsome structure in the early English style, with a finely carved roof of oak, and a square tower; on the north side is a private aisle for sepulture, anciently belonging to the family of Minterne.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Batcombe, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Batcombe, 1731-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Batcombe (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1820-1953 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Batcombe (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Batcombe, 1767-1991 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Batcombe (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Dorchester
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Shaftesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Cerne
  • Hundred: Yetminster
  • Province: Canterbury

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