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.
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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).
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