A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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MELBURY-BUBB, a parish in the hundred of YETMINSTER, Sherborne division of the county of DORSET, 9 miles (S.S.W.) from Sherborne, containing, with the chapelry of Woolcombe, 129 inhabitants.

The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 11. 10. 5., and in the patronage of the Earl of Ilchester. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is built of flint and stone, chiefly in the later style, with a tower on the south side, which forms a porch; there are some remains of aneient stained glass. Woolcombe chapel has been demolished. On an eminence, called Bubb down, was formerly a beacon.

Volume 3, page 276

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