Bleadon, Somerset

Historical Description

Bleadon, a parish in Somersetshire, on the river Axe, 1 mile from Bleadon and Uphill station on the G.W.R., 139 miles from London, and 4½ SE of Weston-super-Mare. It includes the hamlets of Oldmixon and Shiplet, and has a post office under Weston-super-Mare, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 2962; population, 563. Remains of an ancient British camp are on Bleadon Hill, and bones, coins, and armour have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £450 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of London. The church was repaired in 1859. M. Casaubon was for some time rector.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Somersetshire
Ecclesiastical parish Bleadon St. Peter
Hundred Winterstoke
Poor Law union Axbridge

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1706.

Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.


Churches

Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The church of St. Peter is a building of stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel (dedicated in 1317), nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells: there are several memorial windows and a font of Transition Norman date: on the south side of the chancel is a canopied tomb: the pulpit of stone is octagonal, and has five disengaged sides, ornamented with Perpendicular carving: on one side of the porch, within a sunk panel, is a group in relief of the Virgin and Child, with kneeling figures of a nun and an ecclesiastic; it may once have formed the head of a cross: in 1832 the tower was struck by lightning and injured: the interior of the building was thoroughly restored in 1859 and 1901, and in 1897 a new organ was provided at a cost of £200: there are sittings for 240 persons.

St. Peter, BleadonNave of St. Peter, Bleadon

Methodist

United Methodist Chapel

There is a United Methodist chapel, built in 1846 and seating 110 persons.


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bleadon from the following:


Maps

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Postal districtBS24
Post TownWeston-Super-Mare