A354, Coombe Bissett
|Coombe Bissett shown within Wiltshire|
|Population||675 (in 2011)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Dorset and Wiltshire|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Coombe Bissett is a village and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire, 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of Salisbury on the A354 road towards Blandford Forum. The parish includes the village of Homington; both villages are in the River Ebble valley.
Fragmentary records from Saxon times indicate that the Ebble valley was a thriving area, the River Ebble also being known as the River Chalke. The Domesday Book in 1086 divided the Chalke Valley into eight manors, Chelke (Chalke - Bowerchalke and Broadchalke), Eblesborne (Ebbesbourne Wake), Fifehide (Fifield Bavant), Cumbe (Coombe Bissett), Humitone (Homington), Odestoche (Odstock), Stradford (Stratford Tony and Bishopstone) and Trow (circa Alvediston). The Domesday Book recorded Cumbe as a royal manor with 85 households, while Humitone had just two households.
Coombe Bissett and Homington were separate parishes, each with its own church, until they were united in a joint benefice in 1885. Homington was absorbed into Coombe Bissett civil parish in 1934.
St Michael's, Coombe Bissett
The oldest part of St Michael's, the south aisle, is from the 12th century. The chancel was built in the 13th and the tower (with stair-turret) added in the 14th; the nave and north transept are 15th-century. Restoration in 1845 by T.H. Wyatt included the rebuilding of the west front, reducing the length of the building. The church is a Grade I listed building.
St Mary's, Homington
A 14th-century church, possibly with earlier origins. The tower is from the early 17th century and there was extensive restoration in the 1860s. The church is a Grade II* listed building.
Coombe Bissett has a pub, the Fox and Goose, a village hall, and a shop with a Post Office.
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- Coombe Bissett in the Domesday Book
- Homington in the Domesday Book
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- Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin (1023807)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- "Homington Primitive Methodist Chapel". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- "Baptist Chapel, Coombe Bissett". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- "Coombe Bissett Church of England Primary School". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
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- "Coombe Bissett". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- Village website
- Acornley, Jennifer. "History of Coombe Bissett". www.coombebissett.com. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- "History of St Michael and All Angels, Coombe Bissett". Chalke Valley Church. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- Acornley, Jennifer. "History of Homington". www.coombebissett.com. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- "Homington Church History". Chalke Valley Church. Retrieved 1 May 2016.