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Motcombe is located in Dorset
Motcombe shown within Dorset
Population 1,474 
OS grid reference ST8526
Civil parish
  • Motcombe
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
51°01′51″N 2°13′06″W / 51.0308°N 2.2182°W / 51.0308; -2.2182Coordinates: 51°01′51″N 2°13′06″W / 51.0308°N 2.2182°W / 51.0308; -2.2182

Motcombe /ˈmɒtkəm/ is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset, England. It lies in the North Dorset administrative district, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the town of Shaftesbury. It is sited on Kimmeridge clay soil[1] beneath hills at the edge of the Blackmore Vale. The parish is one of the largest in Dorset.[2] In the 2011 census the parish had 611 dwellings,[3] 564 households and a population of 1,474.[4]

In 1905 Sir Frederick Treves described Motcombe as "a hamlet of gardens at the foot of the hill" and wrote of the village houses that they "are facing all ways, as if they were shy of the road or were undecided which way to turn."[5] The parish church of St Mary was rebuilt in 1846, although its font dates from Norman times.[2]

On the south-west edge of the village is Motcombe Park. Within the park is Motcombe House, built in 1893 in Tudor style,[2] and now home to Port Regis, a large private preparatory school.

Motcombe is within the Motcombe and Ham electoral ward, which also covers Ham, a neighbourhood of Gillingham to the west. The ward's population in the 2011 census was 3,216.[6] The nearest railway station is at Gillingham, although the line itself cuts through the outskirts of the village.


  1. ^ Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 17. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9. 
  2. ^ a b c North Dorset District Council (c. 1983). North Dorset District Official Guide. Home Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 43. 
  3. ^ "Area: Motcombe (Parish). Dwellings, Household Spaces and Accommodation Type, 2011 (KS401EW)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Area: Motcombe (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Sir Frederick Treves (1905). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan and Co. Ltd. p. 16. 
  6. ^ "Motcombe and Ham". Retrieved 28 February 2015. 

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