Winterborne Came

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Winterborne Came
Came House, Winterborne Came
Winterborne Came is located in Dorset
Winterborne Came
Winterborne Came
 Winterborne Came shown within Dorset
Population 40 [1]
OS grid reference SY706883
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places

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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. 1.0 1.1 "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Treves, Sir F., Highways and Byways in Dorset, Macmillan, 1905, p362
  3. Gant, R., Dorset Villages, Hale 1980, p178