Hawkridge, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on a hill adjacent to the rivulet Dun, at the boundary with Devonshire, and near the river Barle, 4 miles WNW of Dulverton station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Dulverton; money order and telegraph office, Dulverton. Acreage of the civil parish, 3395; population, 102; of the ecclesiastical, 299. Ruins of a baronial castle are adjacent to the Dun at Castle Bridge. The parish is a meet for the Dulverton harriers, and the Devon and Somerset hounds. The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of Withypoole, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £460. The church is Norman and good, consists of nave and chancel with square tower, and has a Norman font hewn out of a native block of stone at least half a ton in weight.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Hawkridge St. Giles|
|Hundred||Williton and Freemanners|
|Poor Law union||Dulverton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Hawkridge from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Hawkridge (St. Giles))
Online maps of Hawkridge 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.