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St Mary, Compton Abbas, Dorset

(50°57′55″N, 2°11′15″W)
Compton Abbas
ST 8691 1846
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval unknown
now St Mary
  • Howard Austin Jones
03 June 2013

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Feature Sets

The present parish church of 1866 has replaced the original medieval parish. It comprises a chancel with a polygonal apse, nave, narrow S aisle and south tower over entrance porch and stone broach spire. The ruined 15thc tower from the original church survives nearby at East Compton (NGR ST8756 1550).


The Domesday Book values the settlement to its lord in 1086, Shaftesbury Abbey, as £10. By the 1291 Taxatio, the patronage was held by Milton Abbey, but it was not appropriated and left as a rectory, with a portion of the tithes going to the vicar of Ludington.





The medieval dedication of the church is unknown: it has only been St Mary since 1868.


J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Dorset, Harmondsworth 1972, 159.

Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. 4: North, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, London 1972, 13.