including Enmore Green

Motcombe Church, photograph J G Kennedy 2003-2011

Motcombe is a large scattered parish 2 miles north from Shaftesbury. As early as the 19th century the parish was described as being well supplied with water, the source of which is a spring rising on the hills close to Cowherds Shute. The area is noted for numerous apple orchards and cider is manufactured; it was also a great cheesemaking area and market gardening, dairy farming and brick making were also carried on. Motcombe House is a handsome red brick structure in the Tudor style. 

The church of St Mary was rebuilt in 1846 and seats nearly 400 people. The registers date from 1676. At Enmore Green the church of St John the Evangelist was erected in 1843, it is in the Norman style and seats 300 persons. There was a Wesleyan and a Primitive Methodist chapel in Motcombe and a Primitive Methodist chapel and Life Boat Mission at Enmore Green. The population of the parish in 1891 was 1309 persons and the area is 4837 acres

Enmore Green Church, photograph J G Kennedy 2003-2011

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Motcombe is Jan Genge Kennedy

Jan can be contacted by email by clicking on her name above, please put OPC Motcombe in the subject of your emails
Please note new email address from 17 March 2013

Census The following have been transcribed so far:
1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 & 1891
Parish Registers
Baptisms 1675-1752, 1753-1812, 1813-1835, 1836-1875
Marriages 1672-1836, 1837-1875
Burials 1676-1744, 1745-1812
Enmore Green Baptisms 1843-1875
Enmore Green Marriages 1863-1875
Enmore Green Burials 1843-1875
Postal Directories On line are transcriptions of Directories 1851, 1865, 1895 & 1935 
Monumental Inscriptions A list of names of persons commemorated on Burial Monuments at Motcombe
A list of names of persons commemorated on Burial Monuments at Enmore Green
Land Tax & Land Owners Owners of Land 1873
Other Records Motcombe Bastardy Orders
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Motcombe' under place search.
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