Melbury Bubb

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Melbury Bubb
Melbury Bubb, parish church of St. Mary - - 517739.jpg
Parish church of St Mary
Melbury Bubb is located in Dorset
Melbury Bubb
Melbury Bubb
Location within Dorset
Population40 [1]
OS grid referenceST596065
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
List of places
50°51′26″N 2°34′31″W / 50.8571°N 2.5753°W / 50.8571; -2.5753Coordinates: 50°51′26″N 2°34′31″W / 50.8571°N 2.5753°W / 50.8571; -2.5753
Bubb Down Hill (centre left) seen from Batcombe Hill

Melbury Bubb is a small village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England, situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of the town of Sherborne. It is sited on Cornbrash limestone[2] beneath the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs. The A37 trunk road between Dorchester and Bristol passes about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the west, on the other side of Bubb Down Hill. This hill used to be the site of a beacon. The first half of the village name derives from maele and burhOld English for "multi-coloured" and "fortified place"—and the second half is a manorial name which derives either from a Saxon resident named 'Bubba' or from medieval lords of the manor.[3] Dorset County Council's latest (2013) estimate of the parish population is 40.[1]

The parish church of St Mary has a 15th-century tower but the rest of the building was largely rebuilt in a 19th-century restoration. Its font however is carved out of the column of an upturned Saxon cross; it is elaborately carved, although the carvings are upside-down.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 18. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.
  3. ^ a b "Melbury Bubb". Dorset OPC Project. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  4. ^ Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 69. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.

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