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

Alternative names: Compton Vallence, East Compton

Parish church: St. Thomas à Becket

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1655
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1732

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Maiden Newton
  • Litton Cheney
  • Winterbourne Abbas
  • Frampton
  • Long Bredy
  • Kingston Russell
  • Compton Abbas West
  • Wynford Eagle

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

COMPTON-VALLENCE (St. Thomas à Becket), a parish, in the union of Dorchester, liberty of Frampton, Dorchester division of Dorset, 7¼ miles (W. N. W.) from Dorchester; containing 116 inhabitants. The parish comprises by computation 1500 acres: the village, which is situated on the banks of a small stream, appears to have been formerly more extensive than it is at present. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £12. 5. 2½., and in the gift of Robert Williams, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £237, and the glebe comprises 100 acres. The church, rebuilt in 1839, at the cost of the patron, is a handsome edifice in the later English style, with a square embattled tower; the windows are embellished with stained glass. The rectory-house has been rebuilt in a corresponding style.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Compton-Vallence, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Compton-Vallence., 1732-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Compton-Vallence (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1669-1839 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Compton-Vallence (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Compton-Vallence, 1655-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Compton-Vallence (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Land and property

Poor rates, 1844-1872 Author: Compton-Vallence (Dorset)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor rates, 1844-1872 Author: Compton-Vallence (Dorset)

Public records

Poor rates, 1844-1872 Author: Compton-Vallence (Dorset)

Taxation

Poor rates, 1844-1872 Author: Compton-Vallence (Dorset)

Administration

  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Dorchester
  • Probate Court: Court of the Manor and Liberty of Frampton
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Dorchester
  • Poor Law Union: Dorchester
  • Hundred: Frampton Liberty
  • Province: Canterbury

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