Melbury Abbas

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Melbury Abbas
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View looking down on Melbury Abbas from the southwest
Melbury Abbas is located in Dorset
Melbury Abbas
Melbury Abbas
Melbury Abbas shown within Dorset
Population 305 
OS grid reference ST882200
Civil parish
  • Melbury Abbas
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SP7
Dialling code 01747
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°58′48″N 2°10′08″W / 50.980°N 2.169°W / 50.980; -2.169Coordinates: 50°58′48″N 2°10′08″W / 50.980°N 2.169°W / 50.980; -2.169

Melbury Abbas is a village and civil parish in north Dorset, England, situated between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum on the edge of Cranborne Chase, close to Melbury Down. In the 2011 census the civil parish—which includes West Melbury and part of Cann Common—had 147 dwellings,[1] 134 households and a population of 305.[2]

In 1086 Melbury Abbas was recorded in the Domesday Book as Meleberie.[3] It was in Sixpenny Hundred, had 47 households, 12 ploughlands and 4 mills, and the lord and tenant-in-chief was Shaftesbury Abbey.[4]

Melbury Abbas village is situated on an unclassified road that follows a hilltop route roughly parallel to the A350 primary route between Shaftesbury and Blandford. The A350 follows a lowland route through villages in the Blackmore Vale. Traffic uses the unclassified route as an alternative because it is straighter and passes through fewer villages. Melbury Abbas is the only bottleneck on this road, where it dips down into the valley and becomes narrower. Dorset County Council have considered bypass schemes, but none has got further than preliminary stages as the village is surrounded by conservation land.[citation needed]

There is a small airfield near the adjacent village of Compton Abbas. Prominent hills in the area include Melbury Hill (263 m) and Breeze Hill (262 m).


  1. ^ "Area: Melbury Abbas (Parish). Dwellings, Household Spaces and Accommodation Type, 2011 (KS401EW)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Area: Melbury Abbas (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dorset H–R". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Place: Melbury [Abbas]". Open Domesday. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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