Holcombe, a village and a parish in Somerset, on the Fosse Way, 6 miles NE by N of Shepton Mallet, and 2½ from Chilcompton station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. There is a post and money order office under Bath; telegraph office, Stratton-on-the-Fosse. Acreage, 711; population of the civil parish, 492; of the ecclesiastical, 509. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, s£801 with residence. The church is in the Early English style, and was erected in 1885. The present parish church is in the village. The old church stands about three quarters of a mile distant, near a wood, in a picturesque situation. It has some zigzag moulding round the arch of the porch. There is a meeting-house in the parish which belongs to the Wesleyan Society. The Edford Colliery is in Holcombe parish, and there is an extensive brewery. Coal abounds, and at one time was largely worked.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Holcombe St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Shepton-Mallet|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Holcombe from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Holcombe (St. Andrew))
Online maps of Holcombe are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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- 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.