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St Decumans, Somerset

Historical Description

Decumans, St, a parish in Somerset, on the coast, and on the West Somerset railway. It contains the town of Watchefc, the chapelry and workhouse of Williton, and the hamlets of Doniford, Stream, and part of Washford. Post town, Watchet, under Bridgwater; money order and telegraph office, Watchet. Acreage, 3483; population of the civil parish, 3073; of the ecclesiastical, 3127. Orchard-Wyndham was the seat of the late Earl of Egremont, and now belongs to the Wyndham family. Williton was the residence of Sir Reginald Fitz-Urse, one of the murderers of Thomas a, Becket. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £136. The church is large, occupies a commanding site, and has ancient monuments and brasses to the Wyndhams, and the tomb of the late Earl of Egremont. The churchyard contains an ancient cross. There are Wesleyan, Baptist, and Bible Christian chapels, and a charity amounting to £100.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishSt. Decuman St. Peter 
HundredWilliton and Freemanners 
Poor Law unionWilliton 

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.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA23
Post TownWatchet


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