Place:West Compton, Dorset, England

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NameWest Compton
Alt namesContonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 96
West-Compton Abbas
TypeHamlet, Civil parish
Coordinates50.733°N 2.617°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoDorchester Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: West Compton was once known as Compton Abbas (see Ordnance Survey map of 1900), despite the fact that there is another parish named Compton Abbas in Dorset, not far from Shaftesbury.

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West Compton is a hamlet and civil parish in the county of Dorset, England. It lies in the West Dorset administrative district, about 7 miles to the east of the town of Bridport. The county town of Dorchester lies about 9 miles east-southeast. The A35 trunk road, which runs between these two towns, is about 2 miles to the south.

The hamlet is sited 160 metres above sea-level at the head of a small valley, formed by a tributary of the River Frome. The surrounding chalk hills are part of the westerly edge of the Dorset Downs, which here reach a height of 252 metres at Eggardon Hill, just over a mile to the west.

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