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.
Melcombe Horsey is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Melcombe Horsey itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melcombe Horsey in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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