Compton Dando

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Compton Dando
Gray stone building with arched windows. Square tower topped with spirelet, flagpole and weather vane. Foreground has small trees and bushes and a wooden rail fence.
Church of St Mary, Compton Dando
Compton Dando is located in Somerset
Compton Dando
Compton Dando
Location within Somerset
Population589 (2019)
OS grid referenceST647647
Civil parish
  • Compton Dando
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS39
Dialling code01761
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°22′49″N 2°30′23″W / 51.3802°N 2.5065°W / 51.3802; -2.5065Coordinates: 51°22′49″N 2°30′23″W / 51.3802°N 2.5065°W / 51.3802; -2.5065

Compton Dando is a small village and civil parish on the River Chew in the affluent Chew Valley in England. It is in the Bath and North East Somerset council area and ceremonial county of Somerset, and lies 7 miles (11.3 km) from Bristol, 8 miles (12.9 km) from Bath, and 3 miles (4.8 km) from Keynsham.

The parish includes the villages of Chelwood, Burnett, Chewton Keynsham, Queen Charlton and Woollard, and has a population of 589.[1]


It is on the route of the ancient Wansdyke,[2] and lies on the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath.

According to Robinson it is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as Comtuna. A compton was originally a 'valley enclosure'. In 1297 the name Dando was added after Godfrey or Geofrey de Anno.[3]

The parish of Compton Dando was part of the Keynsham Hundred,[4]

The village was held by Alexander de Alno in the 12th century.


The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, such as the village hall or community centre, playing fields and playgrounds, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also of interest to the council.

War Memorial in Compton Dando

Compton Dando is part of the Saltford Ward which is represented by two councillors on the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset which was created in 1996, as established by the Local Government Act 1992. It provides a single tier of local government with responsibility for almost all local government functions within its area including local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection, recycling, cemeteries, crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism. They are also responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning, although fire, police and ambulance services are provided jointly with other authorities through the Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Great Western Ambulance Service.

Bath and North East Somerset's area covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters is in Bath. Between 1 April 1974 and 1 April 1996, it was the Wansdyke district and the City of Bath of the county of Avon.[5] Before 1974 that parts of the parish was part of the Bathavon Rural District[6] and Keynsham Urban District.[7]

The parish is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of North East Somerset. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was also part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament, prior to Britain leaving the European Union in January 2020, which elected seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.


According to the 2001 Census the Farmborough Ward (which includes Woollard and Chewton Keynsham), had 1,111 residents, living in 428 households, with an average age of 44.5 years. Of these 71% of residents describing their health as 'good', 21% of 16- to 74-year-olds had no qualifications; and the area had an unemployment rate of 1.0% of all economically active people aged 16–74. In the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004, it was ranked at 22,100 out of 32,482 wards in England, where 1 was the most deprived LSOA and 32,482 the least deprived.[8]


The Church of St Mary, is a small edifice in the Gothic style, with a square tower. It has a date of 1735 on the chancel, but is mostly Victorian,[9] although Wade and Wade in their 1929 book Somerset suggest "The church is of 14th-cent. workmanship, but the chancel and S. porch respectively bear the dates 1793 and 1735 (probably referring to repairs). Within is a piscina and Norm. font. The churchyard contains a good sundial."[10] It is a Grade II listed building.[11]

Manor House[edit]

The 16th-century Manor House is a Grade II* listed building.[12]

Other Grade II listed buildings[edit]

Compton Inn, Compton Dando

Notable residents[edit]

The Hollywood actress Betta St John lived in Compton Dando from 1967 until 1975


  1. ^ "Compton Dando Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  2. ^ Roe, Margaret; Rebecca Palmer (2001). The Village of Compton Dando. The authors.
  3. ^ Robinson, Stephen (1992). Somerset Place Names. Wimborne, Dorset: The Dovecote Press Ltd. ISBN 1-874336-03-2.
  4. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  5. ^ "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". HMSO. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2007.
  6. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time : Bathavon Rural District Archived 30 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Keynsham UD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics LSOA Bath and North East Somerset 016B Farmborouch". Office for National Statistics 2001 Census. Retrieved 1 May 2006.
  9. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1958). The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-071013-2.
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  11. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary (1320443)". National Heritage List for England.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Manor House (1115381)". National Heritage List for England.

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