Place:Thorncombe, Dorset, England

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NameThorncombe
Alt namesTornecomesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 96
TypeVillage, Parish
Coordinates50.817°N 2.883°W
Located inDorset, England     (1844 - )
Also located inDevon, England     ( - 1844)
See alsoAxminster Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which it was located until 1844
Beaminster Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district of which it was part
Beaminster Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Thorncombe is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. Since 1974 it has been located in the West Dorset administrative district, five miles (8 km) south east of the town of Chard in neighbouring Somerset. In the 2011 census the population of the civil parish was 687.

Approximately half of the population of the parish live in the village of Thorncombe, the rest are divided between the hamlets of Holditch, Hewood and Synderford (all redirected here), and outlying farms and houses.

Until 1844, the parish of Thorncombe was an exclave of Devon, at which time it was transferred, following changes to parliamentary boundaries under an Act of Parliament, to Dorset.

Dorset Research Tips

One of the many maps available on the website A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Dorset at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. The internal boundaries on this map are the rural districts which are indicated in the "See Also" box for the place concerned (unless it is an urban parish).

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases. Some are linked to Ancestry.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Dorset, but it has left the 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes to UK Genealogy Archives.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date, but UK Genealogy Archives may prove more helpful.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts up to 1974
  2. excerpts from gazetteers of the late 19th century outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.


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