|Melcombe Bingham, MelcombeHorsey|
|Melcombe Bingham lies below Bulbarrow Hill and
was once linked the Horsey family. Today however it is linked with the
Binghams who lived in the manor house here for generations.
The name derives from meoluc-cumb, which means 'fertile valley of milk' in Old English which is appropriate as the valley is well known for its herds of milking cattle.
The parish of Melcombe Horsey is 10 miles northeast of Dorchester and the parish church is dedicated to St Andrew and is at the southern end of the parish. The village of Bingham Melcombe lies below Bulbarrow Hill and the alleyways and house platforms of the deserted village can still be seen in the fields alongside St Andrews church
Today the settlement around the church is Melcombe Bingham and the ancient manor house is a complete courtyard house which is very rare in Dorset. Privately owned the only public access is to the church. The settlements of Hartfoot Lane and Newton are also in the parish and there are a few barrows here that date back to the Bronze Age, and one which is locally called the Giant's Grave is not a barrow but a medieval rabbit warren or a pillow mound.