Badgworth, a parish in Somerset, 3 miles SW of Axbridge station on the G.W.R. Post town, Axbridge near Weston-super-Mare. Acreage, 1772; population of the civil parish,. 257; of the ecclesiastical, 263. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £480 with residence. The church is good. An organ was erected in 1873 and enlarged in 1888.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Badgworth St. Congar|
|Poor Law union||Axbridge|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from 1671.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
Church of England
St. Congar (parish church)
The church of St. Congar is a building of stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a western tower, which was restored in 1909, and containing 5 bells, the second bearing the inscription "Sancte Rafael, ora pro nobis;" the third bears "Benedictum sit nomen domini:" in 1864 the chancel was rebuilt in the Decorated style, the body of the church repaired, the founder's tomb and a piscina was rebuilt in the chancel wall, the gallery removed and the western arch thrown open; in the course of the work it was discovered that the original stone pulpit, ornamented with curious but much mutilated carved figures, had formed the pedestal of the later pulpit: in 1873 an organ was introduced and slightly enlarged in 1888: there are several mural tablets to former rectors, two stained windows, some fine old oak of 16th century date and an Early English font: there are 170 sittings. A new burial ground was added to the churchyard and consecrated in 1896.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Badgworth from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Badgworth (St. Congar))
Online maps of Badgworth are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.