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Bincombe - - 913838.jpg
View along the main road in Bincombe with the church in the background.
Bincombe is located in Dorset
Bincombe shown within Dorset
Population514 [1]
OS grid referenceSY685846
Civil parish
  • Bincombe
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT3
Dialling code01305
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°39′37″N 2°26′45″W / 50.6603°N 2.4459°W / 50.6603; -2.4459Coordinates: 50°39′37″N 2°26′45″W / 50.6603°N 2.4459°W / 50.6603; -2.4459

Bincombe is a small village, or hamlet,[2] 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.[1]

The village is situated on a limestone ridge three miles (5 km) south of Dorchester. Holy Trinity Church in the village dates from the early 13th century.[2]

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.[citation needed] Their remains are buried in the churchyard, where the stone can still be seen.[3] The same incident, differently interpreted, forms the basis of Thomas Hardy's short story, The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion.[citation needed]

The Master and Fellows of Caius College, Cambridge, are the principal landowners.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics. Area: Bincombe (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b Newman, John; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1972). The Buildings of England: Dorset. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0 14 071044 2.
  3. ^ Kelly’s Directory of Dorset, 1895, p25.

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