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The Parret, Dorset

Historical Description

Parret, The, a river of Dorsetshire and Somerset. It rises near Cheddington, in Dorsetshire; runs 2 miles northward, through Pen-ot parish, to the boundary with Somerset; and goes northward and north-westward, within Somerset, past South Petherton, Muchelney, Langport, Boroughbridge, and Bridgwater, to Bristol Channel at Stert Point. It makes a total run of about 35 miles, and receives the Isle at Muchelney, the Yeo at Langport, and the Tone at Boroughbridge. It is navigable up to Langport, expands in its lower reaches into considerable estuary, and it is stemmed in its estuarial part by a tide of 36 feet, sometimes rushing with a " bore " of 6 feet. It was known to the Saxons as Pedrida.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.