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Flatholm, Somerset

Historical Description

Flatholm, an island in Uphill parish, Somerset, in Bristol Channel, 8 miles WNW of Uphill. It measures about I1-mile in circumference, has excellent pasturage for sheep, and is a resort of many visitors in summer. It consists of magnesian limestone, breaks down to the sea in low cliffs, lies on the axis of the Mendip hills, so as to be an outspur of them, and stands directly in the course of vessels going up or down the channel. A lighthouse is on its S point, erected in 1737, standing 164 feet high and showing an occulting light, visible at the distance of 18 miles.

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 parishUphill 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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

Church Records, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Flatholm from the following: