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Downside (Midsomer Norton), Somerset

Historical Description

Downside, a chapelry in Midsomer-Norton parish, Somerset, 1 mile from Chilcompton station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. It was constituted in 1845. Post town, Bath; money order and telegraph office, Stratton-on-the-Fosse. Population, 621. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £174 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Midsomer-Norton. The church was built in 1838. There is a Wesleyan chapel. St Gregory's Monastery and College of the English Benedictine Congregation occupies a very pleasant position in a vale on the high road from Bath to Shepton Mallet. The college is a large and handsome building in the Gothic style, erected in the years 1823, 1856, and 1874. There is a spacious swimming bath and a good cricket ground for the students.

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 
Civil parishMidsomer Norton 
Poor Law unionClutton 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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