Winterborne Came

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Winterborne Came
Came House, Winterborne Came - - 187624.jpg
Came House, Winterborne Came
Winterborne Came is located in Dorset
Winterborne Came
Winterborne Came
Winterborne Came shown within Dorset
Population40 [1]
OS grid referenceSY706883
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDorchester
Postcode districtDT2
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
List of places
50°41′40″N 2°25′02″W / 50.6944°N 2.4173°W / 50.6944; -2.4173Coordinates: 50°41′40″N 2°25′02″W / 50.6944°N 2.4173°W / 50.6944; -2.4173

Winterborne Came is a small dispersed settlement and civil parish in the county of Dorset in England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east of the county town Dorchester. Dorset County Council's 2013 mid-year estimate of the parish population is 40.[1]

Winterborne Came derives its name from the seasonal stream ('winterborne') by which it is sited, and from the town of Caen in France, as it was once owned by the Abbey of St. Stephen there.[2] The parish consists of Came House, built in 1754 in the Palladian style,[3] the nearby Perpendicular St. Peter's Church, a couple of farms, and an old rectory on the Dorchester to Wareham road, where for 25 years the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes lived when he was the incumbent rector. Barnes died in the rectory and is buried in the churchyard. About 100 metres west of the church is the site of the deserted village of Winterborne Farringdon, which has been depopulated since at least the 18th century.


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ Treves, Sir F., Highways and Byways in Dorset, Macmillan, 1905, p362
  3. ^ Gant, R., Dorset Villages, Hale 1980, p178