Wookey or Wokey, a parish, with Wookey village, and Wookey Hole and Henton hamlets, in Somerset. It has a station on the G.W.R., 127 miles from London and 2 W by N of Wells, and a post office under Wells; money order and telegraph office, Wells. Acreage, 3595; population of the civil parish, 961; of the ecclesiastical, 564. An ancient episcopal palace stood on a site now occupied by a farm. Wookey Hole Cavern penetrates a limestone rock to the extent of 520 feet; was noticed by some very early writers, and described by Dr Harrington of Bath; was the legendary haunt of the "Witch of Wookey," who figures in a ballad in Percy's " Reliques;" is much visited by tourists, and emits a rapid streamlet which, within a short distance, drives several paper and flour mills. Interesting fossils and Roman relics have been found in and near the cave. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £220 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is an ancient Gothic building, with an embattled tower, and has been restored. A Baptist mission hall was erected in 1884.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Wookey St. Matthew|
|Poor Law union||Wells|
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.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Wookey from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Wookey (St. Matthew))
Online maps of Wookey 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.