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St Mary, Melbury Bubb, Dorset

(50°51′25″N, 2°34′32″W)
Melbury Bubb
ST 5958 0654
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
15 July 2013

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Feature Sets

There are no visible remains of the 12thc church. The present building consists of a late 15thc chancel and nave, both extensively rebuilt in 1854, and a S tower-entrance, also probably of c.1470-80.

The church contains a font made from a drum carved in the pre-Conquest period. The drum was turned upside down and repurposed probably in the 12thc.


Noted as ‘Meleberie’ in the Domesday Book. No mention of a church. Melbury Bubb and Melbury Osmund were combined in the Book to make up a large manor of 46 households, worth £4 and taxable at 6 geld units. The lord in TRE was Brictnoth, and by 1086 the manor was held by Roger Arundel.





The font bowl is covered with mildew and algal slime, but, interestingly, the base and plinth are not affected.


F. Bond, Fonts and Font Covers, OUP (1908) pp.106 & 138 & ill., 104.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Dorset (2002) pp. 14, 272-273.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. I: West (1952) pp.158-159 & plate 15.