In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melcombe Horsey like this:
MELCOMBE-HORSEY, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; 8½ miles WSW of Blandford r. station, and 9½ N E by N of Dorchester. It contains part of the hamlet of Hartsfoot-Lane; and has a post office, of the name of Melcombe-Bingham, under Dorchester. Acres, 2,151. Real property, £1,988. Pop., 208. House's, 43. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Lord Rivers. Melcombe-Bingham belonged to the Turnbervilles; passed to the Binghams; and was the birthplace of Bishop Bingham, who died in 1246,-Sir Richard Bingham, who was at the siege of St. Quintin,-and George Bingham, the theologian. Nettlecombe camp occupies a square space of 20 acres, and commands a fine view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £300.* Patron, Lord Rivers. The church has a low tower, and is good.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melcombe Horsey in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th February 2017
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