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Burton Pynsent, Somerset

Historical Description

Burton-Pynsent, a tithing in Drayton, Curry-Rivell, and Fivehead parishes, Somersetshire, on the Downs, 2 miles SW of Langport. The estate belonged to the Pynsents, but was bequeathed to William Pitt, afterwards Earl of Chatham. The Earl of Chatham occasionally resided here, and he erected a column 140 feet high, popularly called the Burton steeple, to the memory of Sir William Pynsent. This crowns an eminence, with a fine view.

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 CountySomersetshire 
HundredAbdick and Bulstone 
Poor Law unionLangport 

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

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Burton Pynsent from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.