View along the main road in Bincombe with the church in the background.
Bincombe shown within Dorset
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Bincombe is a small village, or hamlet, and civil parish in the West Dorset district of Dorset, England, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Weymouth. The local travel links are located 1 mile (1.6 km) from the village to Upwey railway station and 28 miles (45 km) to Bournemouth International Airport. The main road running through the village is Icen Lane. The civil parish, which includes a small part of the settlement of Broadwey to the west, had a population of 514 in the 2011 census.
Large military camps for the observation of the English Channel were formed on the hills in this parish in the reign of George III, and two deserters, in trying to escape with details of the different camps, were captured in the English Channel, tried by court martial and shot on Bincombe Down. Their remains are buried in the churchyard, where the stone can still be seen. The same incident, differently interpreted, forms the basis of Thomas Hardy's short story, The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion.
- "Neighbourhood Statistics. Area: Bincombe (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Newman, John; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1972). The Buildings of England: Dorset. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0 14 071044 2.
- Kelly’s Directory of Dorset, 1895, p25.
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