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Compton Abbas lies in the lee of the chalk downs, three and a half miles south of Shaftesbury. The earliest records give it's name as Cumtune, to which Abbas was added in the 16th century when it was part of the lands belonging to the Abbess of Shaftesbury. The name is derived from 'cum', a valley, and 'tun', a settlement.
Compton Abbas is a scattered village consisting of three hamlets, East and West Compton, and Twyford with outlying farmsteads. The Comptons lie in a soutwest facing valley bounded to the east by an arc of chalk downland with Melbury Beacon (863ft) to the north, and Fontmell Down to the southwest. Twyford is one and a half miles west of the Comptons, lying on the eastern edge of the Blackmore Vale. All the parishes between Shaftesbury and Blandford were given elongated shapes in order that each should have a mix of high and low ground. Compton Abbas covers 1,491 acres (603 hectares) and stretches from the flat top of the Downs in the east to the lower land of the Blackmore Vale in the west. The Downland is chalk with many flints and the valley is fertile Upper Greensand. To the west is Lower Greensandwith some Kimmeridge clay towards the parish boundary along the River Stirchel.
The main north-south road from Shaftesbury to Blandford (A350) bisects the parish. The area lying to the east of the road is in the Outer Cranborne Chase and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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An important message from your Parish Council.
Are you self isolating, over 70 or have underlying health conditions?
We are encouraging villagers to work with our Parish Council to provide support
during this virus outbreak. We want you to know that we are here to help if we can,
whether it is with grocery deliveries or even just a phone call- your are not alone.
If you can help by volunteering to deliver something in a safe infection-free way or
even walk a dog let us know. Like wise if you need to have medication collected or you
just want to chat let us know. We do not have a village shop but at present supermarkets
are still delivering even through slots may become increasingly scarce. If you think you
will run out of provisions let us know with as much time as possible. There will be no
church services for the time being, but the church will be open in the daytime for private
pray. The prayer board inside the church will be monitored regularly and members of the
church will pray for all those whose names are put up on the board. If you can help or need
help call our co-ordinator, Parish Clerk, Nicky Phillips on 850515 or 812041