Stogursey or Stoke Courcy, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 8½ miles NW of Bridgwater station on the G.W.R., and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bridgwater. It was once a market-town, sent members to Parliament in the time of Edward III., and has fairs on 24 May and 23 Sept. The parish contains also five hamlets. Acreage, 5961; population, 1116. The manor belonged anciently to the De Courcys, and with Failfield House belongs now to the Acland-Hood family. A moated castle of the De Courcys was here, and has left some remains. A battle between the Danes and the Saxons was fought here in 845. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £80 with residence. Patron, Eton College. The church is Norman and Early English, includes part of a priory cell founded in the time of Henry II., and was restored in 1866 at a cost of about £6000. There are Congregational and Baptist chapels, and almshouses.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Stogursey St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Williton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Stogursey 1595-1812, Somerset is available to browse online.
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 Stogursey from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Stogursey, or Stoke-Courcy (St. Andrew))
Online maps of Stogursey 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.