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Alford, Somerset

Historical Description

Alford, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on the river Brue, near Castle Cary station on the G.W.R., and 8 miles SE of Glastonbury. It has a post office under Castle Cary (S.O.), the money order and telegraph office. Acreage of the parish, 720; population of the civil parish, 95; of the ecclesiastical, with Hornblotton, 208. A chalybeate spring in the neighbourhood of the village, known as Alford Well, formerly much resorted to, is now neglected. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells, united with Hornblotton; net value, £330. The church is Early Perpendicular of the time of Henry VI., with very fine features of structure and carving, and containing mural monuments to the families of Harvey and Thring. A beautiful preaching cross stands in the churchyard.

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 parishAlford All Saints 
Poor Law unionWincanton 

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.

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA7
Post TownCastle Cary