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Somerset, England

Historical Description

Somerset or Somersetshire, a maritime county, bounded on the NW by the Bristol Channel, on the N by Gloucestershire, on the E by Wiltshire, on the SE by Dorsetshire, on the S by Dorsetshire and Devonshire, and on the W by Devonshire. Its outline is irregular, but may be said to comprise a large oblong, extending SSW from the boundary with Gloucestershire, and a smaller oblong, extending westward from the S half of the former to the W boundary with Devonshire. Its greatest length is 71 miles, its greatest breadth 40 miles, its circuit about 230 miles, its extent of coast about 65 miles, and its area 1,042,488 acres. The coast is low and sandy in most of the N, cliffly and picturesque in much of the S or W, and has no considerable indentation except Bridgwater Bay. The surface exhibits almost every variety of feature, from flat fen and luxuriant valley to barren moor and lofty hill. Much of the fen has been highly improved. Many of the valleys have finely contoured flanks and bottoms. Some of the hills are isolated, while others extend in ranges; and some are smooth and verdant, while others are rugged and desolate. Lansdown and Dundry hills adorn the N, the Mendips range across one half or more of the central part of the great oblong, the Poldens range across one-third of the S part of that oblong; the Blackdowns are on the boundary with Dorset; the Quantocks and the Brendons finely diversify the E and the central parts of the smaller oblong, and a moor extends in wild ruggedness over the W border to Devonshire. The greatest heights range in altitude from 790 to 1668 feet. The Lower Avon river runs in the N, partly in the interior, but chiefly along the boundary; and the other chief rivers are the Frome, the Yeo, the Axe, the Brue, the Parret, the Isle, the Ivel or Yeo, the Tone, the Carey, and the Exe. Devonian rocks occupy most of the W half of the smaller oblong; trias rocks occupy much of the E half of that oblong, and occur plentifully also throughout the W part of the great oblong; lias and oolite rocks occupy most of the other parts of that oblong; carboniferous rocks, variously lower and upper, the latter inclusive of the coal measures, form considerable tracts of the great oblong, all N of Shepton Mallet and Wells; lower greensand forms a tract around Wedmore; and alluvial deposits form considerable tracts along the Axe and the Brue, to the coast and northward. The chief useful minerals are iron ore, lead ore, calamine, manganese, coal, lime, ochre, fullers' earth, and building stone. There are mineral springs at Bath, Castle Carey, Queen Camel, Weston-super-Mare, East Chinnock, Nether Stoney, Alford, Ashill, Wells, Glastonbury, and Wellington.

The soil of the alluvial flats varies from moss to deep strong clay; that of the adjacent slopes is chiefly calcareous sand; that of Taunton vale is prevailingly a rich loam; that of other valley grounds is variable, but mostly fertile; and that of the hills and moors ranges from deep loam to thin poor gravel. The estates and the farms are well divided. The chief crops are wheat, oats, barley, beans, and potatoes. Orchards abound, and market gardens are numerous. Much butter and cheese are made. The latter is chiefly known as Cheddar. The cattle are chiefly Devons, Herefords, and shorthorns, and the sheep are Southdowns, Leicesters, or crosses between these and the Cotswolds.

Manufactures embrace woollen and worsted goods, silks, haircloths, crapes, stockings, gloves, shoes, paper, leather, iron implements, and malt. The manufacture of Bath brick is peculiar to Bridgwater.

According to the census returns issued in 1893 the chief occupations of the people of the county were:—Professional, 9331 males and 7102 females; domestic, 1858 males and 38,284 females; commercial, 17,795 males and 335 females; agricultural, 38,264 males and 1523 females; fishing, 69 males; industrial, 78,843 males and 30,127 females; and "unoccupied," including retired business men, pensioners, those living on their own means, and others not specified, 32,459 males and 133,849 females; or a total in the county of 178,619 males and 211,220 females. The number of men employed in the leading industries was as follows:—Agricultural labourers, 21,286; general labourers, 10,825; boot and shoe makers, 5955; and coal miners, 5926. The chief occupations of women were—domestic service, with a total of 28,954; millinery and dressmaking, 9110; and glove making, 2957. There were also in the county 559 blind. persons, 349 deaf, 270 deaf and dumb, and 1753 mentally deranged.

The county is well supplied with railway accommodation by the Great Western and Somerset and Dorset Joint lines. By means of the latter there is direct communication with the Midland and London and South Western systems. The canals are the Kennet and Avon and the Taunton and Bridgwater.

The county is divided for parliamentary purposes into seven divisions. It also includes tlie parliamentary boroughs of Bath and Taunton and part of the parliamentary borough of Bristol. It includes six municipal boroughs (exclusive of the county borough of Bath), viz., Bridgwater, Chard, Glastonbury, Taunton, Wells, and Yeovil. The county has one court of quarter sessions. The boroughs of Bath, Bridgwater, Wells, and Yeovil have separate commissions of the peace, and the boroughs of Bath and Bridgwater have, in addition, separate courts of quarter sessions. The county contains 474 entire civil parishes and parts of three others, and the county borough of Bath contains six entire civil parishes. The county contains 501 entire ecclesiastical parishes or districts and parts of three others, and is situated partly in the dioceses of Bath and Wells, Gloucester and Bristol, and Salisbury.

The county is governed by a lord-lieutenant, a high sheriff, and a county council consisting of 22 aldermen and 66 councillors. It is in the W military district and the W judiciary circuit. The assizes and the quarter sessions are held at Taunton and Wells. H.M. Prison is at Shepton Mallet. The population in 1801 was 273,517; 1821, 355,789; 1841, 435,599; 1861,444,873; 1881 ,469,109; and 1891,484,337.

The parliamentary divisions each return one member to the House of Commons. The particulars for Bridgwater,. Frome, and Wells divisions are given under these names, and the following are those for the other four divisions:—

East Somerset (population, 50,151) includes the following:—Shepton Mallet (part of)—Croscombe, Ditcheat, Doulting, East Pennard, Evercreech, Hornblotton, Lamyatt, Milton Clevedon, Pilton, Pylle, Shepton Mallet; Somerton—Aller, Babcary, Baltonsborough, Barton (St David), Butleigh, Charlton Adam, Charlton Mackrell, Compton Dundon, East Lydford, High Ham, Huish Episcopi, Keinton Mandeville, Kingsdon, Kingweston Eastover, Langport, Long Sutton, Muchelney, Pitney, Poddimore Milton, Somerton, Street, Walton, West Camel, West Lydford, Yeovilton; Wells (part of)—Glastonbury, North Wootton, West Pennard; Wincanton—Abbas and Temple Combe, Alford, Ansford, Blackford, Bratton Seymour, Broton, Castle Cary, Charlton Horethome, Charlton Musgrove, Compton Pauncefoot or Pouncefoot, Corton Denham, Cucklington, Eastrip, Goathill, Henstridge, Holton, Horsington, Kilmington, Lovington, Maiden Bradley (part—Yamfield), Maperton, Milborne Port, North Barrow, North Bruham, North Cadbury, North Cheriton, Penselwood, Pitcombe, Pointington, Sandford Orcas, Shepton Montague, South Barrow, South Brnham, South Cadbury, Stoke Trister, Stourton (part—Brook), Stowell, Sutton Mentis, Weston Bampfylde, Wheathill, Wincanton, Yarlington.

North Somerset (population, 53,412) includes the following:—Keynsham—Brislington, Burnett, Compton Dando, Keynsham, Marksbury, Norton Malreward, Priston, Publow,. Queen Chariton, St Thomas-in-Pensford, Saltford, Stanton Drew, Stanton Prior, Whitchurch; Long Ashton—Abbots Leigh, Backwell, Barrow Gurney, Bedminster, Bourton (or Flax Bourton), Brockley, Chelvey, Clapton, Clevedon, Dundry, Kenn, Kingston Seymour, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Port-bury, Portishead, St George's (or Easton-in-Gordano), Tickenham, Walton-in-Gordano, Weston-in-Gordano, Winford, Wraxall, Yatton; Temple Cloud—Cameley, Chelwood, Chew Magna, Chewstoke, Chewton Mendip, Clutton, Compton Martin, East Harptree, Emberrow, Farmborough, Farrington Gnmey, Green Ore, High Littleton, Hinton Bluett, Litton, Norton Hawkfield, Paulton, Stone Easton, Stowey, Thrubwell Nempnett, Timsbury, Ubley, West Harptree, Widcombe; Wells (part of)—Binegar; Kilmersdon (part of)—Chilcompton, Midsomer-Norton.

South Somerset (population, 51,300) includes the following:—Crewkeme—Crewkerne, Haselbury, Plucknett, Hinton (St George), Lopen, Merriott, Middle Chinnock, Misterton, North Perrott, Seaborough, Wayford, West Chinnock; Ilminster (part of)—Barrington, Chaffcombe, Chard Borough, Chard Parish, Chillington, Cricket Malherbie, Cricket (St Thomas), Oudworth, Curry Rivell, Dinnington, Dowlish Wake, Drayton, Earnshill, Kingsbury Episcopi, Kingstone, Knowie (St Giles), Puckington, Seavington (St Mary), Seavington (St Michael), Shepton Beauchamp, South Petherton, Stocklmch Magdalen, Stocklinch Ottersey, Swell, West Dowlish, White Lackington, Winsham; Yeovil—Ashington, Barwick, Brympton, Chilton Cantelo, Chilthorne Domer, Chiselborough, Closworth, East Chinnock, East Coker, Hardington Mandeville, Ilchester, Lufton, Limington, Marston Magna, Martock, Montacute, Mudford, Northover, Norton-under-Hamdon, Odcombe, Pendomer, Preston Plucknett, Queen Camel, Eimpton, Sock Dennis, Sparkford, Stoke-under-Hamdon, Sutton Bingham, Thorne Coffin, Tintinhull, Trent, West Coker, Yeovil; Yeovil, municipal borough.

West or Wellington division (48,122) includes the following:—Taunton (part of) —Angersleigh, Bishop's Hull, Kingston (near Taunton), Norton Fitzwarren, Oake, Otterford, Pitminster, Staplegrove, Taunton (St Mary), Taunton (St James), Trull, Wilton; Bishop's Lydeard—Ash Priors, Bishop's Lydeard, Combe Florey, Cothelstone, Halse, Heathfield, Lydeard, Tolland, West Bagborough; Dulverton—Brushford, Dulverton, Exford, Exmoor (part), Exton, Hawkridge, Kingsbrompton, Skilgate, Upton, Winsford, Withypool; Dunster—Carhampton, Culbone, Cutcombe, Dunster, Luckham or Luccombe, Luxborough, Minehead Borough and Parish, Oare, Porlock, Selworthy, Stoke Pero, Timberscombe, Treborough, Withycombe, Wootton Courtney; Wellington—Ashbrittle, Bradford, Kittisford, Langford Budville, Nynehead, Runnington, Sampford Arundell, Stawley, Thorn (St Margaret), Wellington, West Buckland; Williton—Bicknoller, Crowcombe, Dodington, East Quantoxhead, Elworthy, Fiddington, Holford, Kilton, Kilve, Lilstock, Monksilver, Nether Stowey, Nettlecombe, Old Cleeve, Over Stowey, St Decuman's, Sampford Brett, Stogumber, Stoke Courcy or Stogursey (part of), Stringston, West Quantoxhead; Wiveliscombe—Bathealton, Brompton Ralph, Chipstable, Clatworthy, Fitzhead, Huish Champflower, Milverton, Raddington, Withiel Florey, Wiveliscombe.

The territory now forming Somerset belonged to the Belgæ; was included by the Romans in their Britannia Prima; became part of the Saxon Wessex; suffered severely from the Danes, and gave refuge to Alfred from their incursions; and was the scene, at later periods, of the battles of Sedgemoor and Lansdown, and the sieges of Bristol, Bridgwater, and Taunton. The title of Earl of Somerset, along with sixty-one lordships in the county, was given by William the Conqueror to Sir W. Mohun; descended to his posterity, was transmuted into the title of Duke in 1442, and was revived by James I. in favour of his minion Robert Carr. The title of Duke of Somerset became attainted in 1472; was afterwards given successively to the third son of Henry V., to an illegitimate son of Henry VIII., and to Protector Seymour; became attainted at the Protector's condemnation, and was restored, in 1660, to the Protector's great grandson, the Marquis of Hertford. Druidical circles are at Stanton-Drew, Monkton-hill, Withycombe, and Chew magna; British camps at Leigh-down, Ashton, Doleberry, Bleadonhill, Maesknoll, Portbnry, Banwell, and Worlehill; Roman camps at Doleberry, North Cadbury, Hawkridge, Douxborough, Banwell, Bowditch, Modbury, Neroche, and about thirteen other places; Saxon or Danish camps at Wiveliscombe, Porlock, and about eight other places, and an enormous tumulus at Uphill. The Roman Fosse Way and other Roman roads have left vestiges, and many Roman monuments of great interest have been found at Bath, Cadbury, Portbnry, Ilchester, and other places. Old abbeys or interesting remains of them are at Glastonbury, Bath, Wells, Keynsham, Hinton, Banwell, Bruton, Muchelney, and Athelney, and old churches, or parts of them, with artistic features, at Uphill, Cannington, Dunster, Stogursey, Taunton, Compton-Martin, Christon, and Portbury.


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

Archives and Libraries

Somerset Heritage Centre
Brunel Way
Norton Fitzwarren
TAUNTON, TA2 6SF
Tel: 01823 278805
Fax: 01823 347459
Email: archives@somerset.gov.uk


Church Records

The complete set of Phillimore Somerset Parish Registers - Marriages series is available online.

Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

The parish registers for the Diocese of Bristol are available online at Ancestry, in association with Bristol Archives.


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

List of Registration Districts in Somerset from 1837 to 1974.


Directories & Gazetteers

The Historical Directories web site have a number of directories relating to Somerset online, including:
Kelly's, Pigot, Slater, etc.

We have Pigot & Co.'s Directory of Somersetshire, 1830 available to browse.

We have Slater's Commercial Directory of Somersetshire, 1852 available to browse.

We have transcribed the entry for Somerset from the following:


Maps

Old map of Somerset circa 1895 (Gazetteer of England and Wales)

Old map of Somerset circa 1848 (Samuel Lewis)


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:


Parishes & places

Abbas Combe, or Abbas and Temple Combe
Abbots
Abbots Leigh
Adbeer
Aisholt
Alcombe
Alford
Alhampton
Aller
Allerford
Allowenshay
Alvington
Amoril
Angersleigh
Ansford
Ash (Crewkerne)
Ash (Martock)
Ash Priors
Ash Week
Ashbeacon Hill
Ashbrittle
Ashcombe
Ashcott
Ashill
Ashington
Ashley Combe
Ashton Court
Ashwick
Athelney
Atherstone
Aville
Axbridge
Babcary
Babington
Backwell
Badgworth
Bagbury
Baggearn Huish
Baltonsborough
Bankland
Bannerdown
Banwell
Bardon
Barrington
Barrow Gurney
Barrow Hill
Barrow Iffinchin
Barton St David
Barwick
Bason Bridge
Batcombe
Bath
Bath and Wells
Bathampton
Bathealton
Batheaston
Bathford
Bathwick
Bawdrip
Bayford
Beckington
Bedminster
Beer Crocombe
Beggeridge
Berkley
Berrow
Bickenhall
Bicknoller
Biddisham
Bilbrook
Binegar
Binham
Bishops Hull
Bishops Lydeard
Bishops Sutton
Bishopstone
Bishopsworth
Bittiscombe
Black Down
Blackford
Blackford (Selworthy)
Blagdon
Blagdon (Pitminster)
Bleadon
Blue Anchor
Bondington
Boroughbridge
Bossington
Bourton
Bower Ashton
Bower Hinton with Hurst
Bradford
Brandy Street
Brass Knocker
Bratton Seymour or Bratton St Maur
Brean
Brendon Hills
Brent, South, or Brent Knoll
Brewham Lodge
Bridgewater
Bridghampton
Brinscombe
Brislington
Broadfield
Broadlane
Broadway
Brockley
Brompton Ralph
Brompton Regis
Brook or Gasper
Broomfield
Broughton
Brushford
Bruton
Brympton
Buckland Denham
Buckland Sororum or Buckland Minchin
Buckland St Mary
Burcott
Burnett
Burnham
Burrington
Burtle
Burton
Burton Pynsent
Bussez
Butccombe
Butleigh
Butleigh Wootton
Cameley
Camerton
Cannington
Capland
Capton
Carhampton
Cary Fitzpaine
Castle
Castle Cary
Caswell
Catcott
Cathanger cum Stowey
Catsgore
Chaffcombe
Chantry
Chapel Cleeve
Chapman Barrows
Chard
Chard Junction
Charlcombe
Charlinch
Charlton (Kilmersdon)
Charlton (Shepton Mallet)
Charlton Adam
Charlton Cross
Charlton Horethorne
Charlton Mackrell
Charlton Musgrove
Charterhouse on Mendip
Chatley
Cheddar
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Chedzoy
Chelvey
Chelwood
Chesterblade
Chew Magna
Chew Stoke
Chewton Keynsham
Chewton Mendip
Chidgley
Chilcompton
Chilcott
Chillington
Chilson
Chilthorne Domer
Chilton Cantilo
Chilton Trinity
Chilton upon Polden
Chipley Park
Chipstable
Chiselborough
Christon
Church (Bishops Lydeard)
Church (Ilminster)
Church Town (Backwell)
Church Town (St Decumans)
Churchill
Clandown
Clangers Hermitage
Clanville
Clapton (Crewkerne)
Clapton (Mapleton)
Clapton Forms
Clapton in Gordano
Claptons Wick
Clatworthy
Claverham
Claverton
Cleeve
Clevedon
Clitsome
Cloford
Closworth
Clutton
Coat
Cockhill
Cole
Coleford
Colton or Coulton
Combe Bow
Combe Down
Combe Florey
Combe Hay
Combe St Nicholas
Combwich
Compton
Compton Bishop
Compton Dando
Compton Dundon
Compton Durvill
Compton Martin
Compton Pauncefoot
Congresbury
Coombe (Crewkerne)
Coombe (Huish Episcopi)
Corfe
Corston
Corton Denham
Cossington
Cothelstone
Court
Courtway
Coxley
Cranmore
Creech Hill
Creech St Michael
Crewkerne
Cricket Malherbie
Cricket St Thomas
Crim Chard
Crock Street
Croford
Crook
Croscombe
Cross (Axbridge)
Cross (Portbury)
Cross Keys
Crowcombe
Croydon
Cucklington
Cudworth
Culbone
Curland
Curry Mallet
Curry Rivel
Curryload
Cutcombe
Danesborough
Dimmer
Dinder
Dinnington
Discove or Dishcove
Ditcheat
Dodington
Dolberry
Doniford
Donyatt
Doulting
Douxborough Castle
Doverhays
Dowlish Wake
Downhead
Downhead (West Camel)
Downside (Backwell)
Downside (Midsomer Norton)
Draycot
Draycott
Drayton
Duddlestone
Dulcott
Dulverton
Dunden
Dundry
Dunkerton
Dunster
Durleigh
Durston
Eagrove
Earnshill
East and West Bower
East and West Horrington
East Bagborough
East Brent
East Chinnock
East Coker
East Compton
East Coombe
East Cranmore
East Curry
East Harptree
East Huntspill
East Lambrook
East Lydford
East Pennard
East Quantoxhead
Eastertown
Easthams
Easton
Easton (St Cuthbert)
Easton in Gordano
Eastover
Eastrip
Ebber Rocks
Edgarly
Edington
Edingworth
Edithmead
Edstock and Beer
Egypt
Elm
Elworthy
Emborrow
English Combe
English Grounds
Enmore
Evercreech
Exford
Exmoor
Exton
Failand
Fairfield
Falkland
Farleigh Hungerford
Farley
Farmborough
Farrington Gurney
Farthing Pitts
Felton
Fiddington
Fitzhead
Five Bells
Fivehead
Flatholm
Flax Bourton
Flaxpool
Forscote
Forton
Four Forks
Frackford
Free
Freshford
Frome Selwood
Fulford
Furland
Galhampton
Galmington
Glastonbury
Goathill
Goathurst
Godney
Goldsonscott
Greenaleigh
Greenham (Ashbrittle)
Greenham (Crewkerne)
Grenton
Gurney Slade
Haddon Down
Hadspen
Hainbury
Hallatrow
Halse
Halsway
Ham
Ham Green
Hambridge
Hamdon or Hamhill
Hamp
Hampton Down
Happerton
Hardington
Hardington Mandeville
Hardway
Harpers
Haslebury Plucknett
Hatch
Hatch Beauchamp
Havett
Hawkridge
Haydon
Haygrove
Hayne
Hazlegrove House
Heathfield
Hemington
Hendford
Henlade
Henley (Crewkerne)
Henley (High Ham)
Henstridge
Henton
Hestercombe
Hewish (Crewkerne)
Hewish (Yatton)
Heydon Down
High Ham
High Littleton
Highbridge (Burnham)
Highbridge (St Decumans)
Highbrooks
Higher and Lower Faringdon
Higher and Lower Holt
Hilcombe
Hill
Hillfarrance
Hinton
Hinton Blewett
Hinton Charterhouse
Hinton St George
Holcombe
Holcombe Water
Holford
Holloway
Holmcote
Holnicote
Holton
Holywell Lake
Honor
Hookhill
Horn
Hornblotton
Horner
Horrington
Horsey
Horsington
Horton
Houndstone
Huish Champflower
Huish Episcopi
Huish juxta Highbridge
Hungerford
Huntehill
Huntly
Huntspill
Huntsworth
Hurcote (White Lackington)
Hurcott (Ilton)
Hurcott (Somerton)
Hutton
Hyde
Ilchester
Ilford
Ilminster
Ilton
Isle Abbotts
Isle Brewers
Keinton Mansfield
Kelston
Kenley Bottom
Kenn
Kewstoke
Keyford
Keynsham
Kilmersdon
Kilmington
Kilton
Kilve
Kingcott
Kingsbury Episcopi
Kingsdon
Kingston
Kingston Seymour
Kingstone
Kingswood
Kingweston
Kittisford
Kittwall with Cuffs
Knighton
Knighton Sutton
Knowle (Bawdrip)
Knowle (Bedminster)
Knowle (Chew Magna)
Knowle (Long Sutton)
Knowle (Selworthy)
Knowle (Shepton Montague)
Knowle St Giles
Lake
Lamyat
Langford (Barrington)
Langford (Norton Fitzwarren)
Langford Budville
Langley
Langport
Langport Eastover
Langport Westover
Langridge
Laverton
Laymore
Leigh Upon Mendip
Leighland
Lilstock
Limington
Littleton (Bristol)
Littleton (Somerton)
Littleton (Wellow)
Litton
Load
Locking
Long Ashton
Long Load
Long Sutton
Longleat
Lopen
Lottisham
Lovington
Lower Woolston
Loxton
Luccombe
Luckington
Lufton
Lullington
Luxborough
Lyddymore
Lydeard St Lawrence
Lympsham
Lynch
Lyng
Lypiate
Lytes Cary
Maes Knoll
Maiden Bradley
Main Down
Maperton
Mark
Marksbury
Marston Biggott
Marston Magna
Martock
Masbury Castle
Meare
Mells
Mells and Leigh
Mendip Hills
Merridge
Merriott
Middle Chinnock
Middle Hope
Middle Lambrook
Middlezoy
Midford
Midney
Midsomer Norton
Milborne Port
Milton (Martock)
Milton (Wells)
Milton (Weston super Mare)
Milton Clevedon
Milverton
Minehead
Misterton
Monksilver
Monkton Combe
Montacute
Moorland
Moorlinch
Moorside
Moortown
Muchelney
Mudford
Myne Rocks
Nailsborne
Nailsea
Nempnett Thrubwell
Neroche
Nether Stowey
Nettlecombe
Newberry
Newport
Newton
Newton St Loe
Nightcott or Knightcot (Axbridge)
Nightcott or Knightcot (Brushford)
North Barrow
North Brewham
North Cadbury
North Cheriton
North Curry
North Elm
North Newton
North Perrott
North Petherton
North Stoke
North Weston
North Wootton
Northmoor Green
Northover
Norton Fitzwarren
Norton Malreward
Norton St Philip
Norton sub Hamdon
Norwood Park
Nunney
Nyland
Nynehead
Oake
Oakhill
Oare
Odcombe
Old Chard
Old Cleeve
Old Down
Old Fort
Old House
Oldmixton
Orchard Portman
Orchardleigh
Oreston Point
Othery
Otterford
Otterhampton
Over Stowey
Panborough
Pancras
Paradise
Parbrook
Park Hill
Pawlett
Pebsbury
Pedwell
Pendomer
Pennypound
Penselwood
Pensford
Periton
Perry
Perry Street
Pill
Pilton
Pitcombe
Pitminster
Pitney
Pitt and Pittacre
Pixton Park
Podimore Milton
Pointington
Polsham
Porlock
Portbury
Portishead
Prestleigh
Preston
Preston Plucknett
Prettys
Priddy
Priston
Providence
Publow
Puckington
Puriton
Puxton
Pylle
Quantock Hills
Queen Camel
Queen Charleton
Raddington
Radstock
Raleighs Cross
Redhill
Redlynch
Rexton
Ridon
Rimpton
Road
Roadwater
Rockwell Green
Rodden
Rodhuish
Rodney Stoke
Roughmore
Rowberrow
Rowe
Rownham
Rudge
Ruishton
Runnington
Saltford
Sampford Arundell
Sampford Brett
Sand
Sandford
Sandford Orcas
Seaborough
Seavington St Mary
Seavington St Michael
Sedgemoor
Selworthy
Seven Wells
Shapwick
Shearston
Sheepway or Sheppy
Shelves
Shepton Beauchamp
Shepton Mallet
Shepton Montague
Shipham
Shiplet or Shipslade
Shockerwick
Shoreditch
Shurford
Shurton
Sidcot
Silvinch
Simonsbath
Skilgate
Slade
Sock
Sock Dennis
Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
Somerton
Sopers Farm
South Barrow
South Brewham
South Cadbury
South Chard
South Cheriton
South Harp
South Petherton
South Stoke
South Widcombe
Southay
Southtown
Southwood (Baltonsborough)
Southwood (Evercreech)
Sparkford
Spaxton
Speckington
St Catherine
St Decumans
St Michaelchurch
Stafford
Stamborough
Standerwick
Stanton Drew
Stanton Prior
Stantonbury
Staple Fitzpaine
Staplegrove
Stapleton
Staunton
Stavordale
Stawell
Stawley
Stert (Babcary)
Stert (islet)
Sterthill
Stickland
Sticklepath
Sticklinch
Stileway
Stock
Stockland Bristol
Stocklinch Magdalene
Stocklinch Ottersey
Stoford
Stoford or Stolford
Stogumber
Stogursey
Stoke Lane or Stoke St Michael
Stoke Pero
Stoke St Gregory
Stoke St Mary
Stoke Stoney
Stoke sub Hamdon
Stoke Trister
Stone
Stone Easton
Stoney Stratton
Stoughton Cross
Stouts
Stowell
Stowey
Stratton on the Fosse
Stream
Street
Street (Winsham)
Stringston
Sutton
Sutton Bingham
Sutton Mallet
Sutton Montis
Swainswick
Swell
Syndercombe
Tatworth
Taunton
Taunton St James
Taunton St Mary Magdalene
Tellisford or Telsford
Temple Cloud
The Axe
The Barle or Barley
The Brue
The Carre
The Exe
The Frome
The Isle or He
The Lyne
The Tone
Theale
Thorne Coffin
Thorne Falcon
Thorne St Margaret
Thorney
Thurlbear
Thurloxton
Tickenham
Timberscombe
Timsbury
Timwood
Tintinhull
Tivington
Tolland
Tomblands
Torr
Town Denison
Traphole
Treborough
Trent
Trudox Hill
Trull
Tuckerton
Tuckingmills
Twerton
Ubley or Obleigh
Uphill
Upton
Upton (Long Sutton)
Upton Noble
Urgashay
Vample Cross
Vellow
Vexford, Lower and Higher
Vineford
Vobster
Wagg
Walcot
Walton
Walton in Gordano
Wanstrow
Warley
Warren
Washford
Watchet
Wateringplace
Waterlip
Wayford
Weare
Wearne
Wedmore
Week
Week (Stogursey)
Week or Wick
Wellington
Wellow
Wells
Wells St Andrew
Wells St Cuthbert
Wembdon
West Bagborough
West Bradley
West Buckland
West Camel
West Chinnock
West Coker
West Compton
West Cranmore
West Dowlish
West Harptree
West Hatch
West Lambrook
West Lydford
West Monkton
West Pennard
West Quantoxhead
West Town
Westbury
Westcombe
Westhay
Weston
Weston (Wanstrow)
Weston Bampfylde
Weston in Gordano
Weston Super Mare
Weston Zoyland
Westover
Westport
Whatley
Wheathill
Whitchurch
White Lackington
White Staunton
Whitehall
Wibble and Wibblegate
Wick St Lawrence
Widcombe
Wilkenthrup
Willet
Williton
Wilmington
Wilton
Wincanton
Winford
Winscombe
Winsford
Winsham
Witcombe
Witham Friary
Withiel Florey
Withycombe
Withypool
Wiveliscombe
Woodborough
Woodcombe
Woodford
Woodland
Wookey
Woolard
Woolavington
Woolcot
Woolley
Woolston
Woolverton
Wootton Courtney
Worle
Wraxall
Wraxhall
Wrington
Writhlington
Wyke Champflower
Yanley
Yarborough
Yard or Yard Malldraeth
Yarlington
Yarnfield
Yatton
Yeau
Yeovil
Yeovilton

Visitations Heraldic

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

Map of Somersetshire