Place:Abbas Combe, Somerset, England

NameAbbas Combe
Alt namesAbbas and Temple Combesource: from redirect
Combe Throopsource: village in parish
Templecombesource: village in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.99°N 2.41°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoAbbas and Temple Combe, Somerset, Englandcivil parish in which Abbas Combe located
Horethorne Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district in which Abbas Combe located 1889-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict in which Abbas Combe located since 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Abbas Combe (#1 on map) is one of three villages making up the present-day civil parish of "Abbas and Templecombe"--the others being Templecombe and Combe Throop. It is situated on the A357 road 5 miles south of Wincanton, 12 miles east of Yeovil, and 30 miles west of Salisbury in Wiltshire. Today the principal settlement in the parish is Templecombe. In the UK census of 2011 the parish had a population of 1,560.

Abbas Combe was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086–7 as "Cumbe", when it was held by the church of St Edward in Shaftesbury.

The parish Church of St. Mary dates from the 12th century, but was largely rebuilt in the 19th century. It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building. The church contains a panel painting discovered in a local cottage which has been carbon dated to around 1280 which is believed to be linked to the period when the Knights Templar held the parish.

In Templecombe stands the United Reformed Church. This building has been on the site for over 150 years and was originally a congregational church.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Templecombe., especially the section "History"


Abbas Combe was originally a parish in the Horethorne Hundred, one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of the Wincanton Rural District.

In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, all urban and rural districts across England were abolished and counties were reorganized into metropolitan and non-metropolitan districts. Abbas Combe joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District under the name "Abbas and Templecombe".

Image:Wincanton Rural 1900 small.png

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Abbas Combe.
  • An article on Abbas Combe from the Victoria History of the Counties of England – History of the County of Somerset, produced by The Institute of Historical Research.
  • The Somerset Heritage Centre (incorporating what was formerly the Somerset Record Office and the Somerset Local Studies Library) can be found at its new location at Langford Mead in Taunton. It has an online search facility leading to pages of interest, including maps from the First and Second Ordnance Survey (select "Maps and Postcards" from the list at the left, then enter the parish in the search box).
    The Heritage Centre has an email address:
  • Three maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrate the changes in political boundaries over the period 1830-1945. All have expanding scales and on the second and third this facility is sufficient that individual parishes can be inspected.
  • Somerset Hundreds as drawn in 1832. This map was prepared before The Great Reform Act of that year. Note the polling places and representation of the various parts of the county.
  • Somerset in 1900, an Ordnance Survey map showing rural districts, the boundaries of the larger towns, the smaller civil parishes of the time, and some hamlets and villages in each parish
  • Somerset in 1943, an Ordnance Survey map showing the rural districts after the changes to their structure in the 1930s
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