A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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MELCOMBE-HORSEY, a parish in the hundred of WHITEWAY, Cerne subdivision of the county of DORSET, 8 miles (W.S.W.) from Blandford-Forum, containing 153 inhabitants.

The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 16. Lord Rivers was patron in 1814. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. In the vicinity are the remains of the hamlet of Melcombe-Bingham, consisting only of foundations of houses. On an eminence, called Nettlecombe Tout, is a square encampment, occupying a space of twenty acres.

Volume 3, page 276

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