Brushford, a parish in Somersetshire, on the river Exe, 1 mile S of Dulverton station on the G.W.R. Post town, Tiverton; money order and telegraph office, Dulverton. Acreage, 2848; population, 370. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £350 with residence. Patron, Earl Carnarvon. The church is good, and was restored in 1887. There are a Wesleyan chapel and an endowed school.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Brushford St. Mary Magdalene|
|Hundred||Williton and Freemanners|
|Poor Law union||Dulverton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish registers date from the first year or Elizabeth (1558).
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
Church of England
St. Nicholas (parish church)
The church of St. Nicholas is an old stone building, in the Late Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and western tower, built apparently in the early part of the fifteenth century: a handsome Decorated screen divides the nave from the chancel: the south windows are good specimens of the Decorated style: the font is very old, apparently of Norman date; it is of Purbeck stone, and square; the pillars on which it once stood are lost: the tower is square, of three stages, built of the grey sandstone of the district; some of the blocks are of great size: there are 5 bells, presented by the Rev. Robert Norris, who was 48 years rector here, and died in 1708: he raised the tower at his own expense to receive the bells.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Brushford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Brushford (St. Mary Magdalene))
Online maps of Brushford are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.