Compton Abbas is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Twyford.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1640
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Melbury Abbas
  • Shaftesbury St James
  • Fontmell Magna
  • Ashmore

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

COMPTON-ABBAS (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Shaftesbury, hundred of Sixpenny-Handley, Shaston division of Dorset, 3½ miles (S. by E.) from Shaftesbury; containing 439 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the situation of the village in a combe or vale, and its adjunct from its annexation to Shaston Abbey, lies on the road from Shaftesbury to Blandford-Forum, and comprises 1384 acres, whereof 318 are common or waste. There are some quarries of green sandstone used for building. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £9. 16. 2½., and in the gift of Sir R. P. Glyn, Bart.: the tithes have been commuted for £350. The church is a small ancient edifice, with a tower, on the summit of which is a pear-tree in full vigour.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Compton-Abbas, 1841-1891

Census returns for Compton-Abbas, 1841-1891

Church Records

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

Compton Abbas tithes Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Compton-Abbas (Dorsetshire)

Marriage transcripts, 1539-1811 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Compton-Abbas (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Compton-Abbas, 1640-1985 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Compton-Abbas (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Land and property

Poor law records, 1768-1872 Author: Compton-Abbas (Dorset)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor law records, 1768-1872 Author: Compton-Abbas (Dorset)

Taxation

Compton Abbas tithes Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Compton-Abbas (Dorsetshire)

Poor law records, 1768-1872 Author: Compton-Abbas (Dorset)

Administration

  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Shaftsbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Shaftesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Shaftesbury
  • Hundred: Sixpenny Hadley
  • Province: Canterbury

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