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Bathford, Somerset

Historical Description

Bathford, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands adjacent to the river Avon and to the G.W.K., 1 mile E by N of Bathampton station on the G.W.R., and 3½ miles ENE of Bath, and it has a post office under Bath; money order and telegraph office, Batheaston. The parish includes also the hamlets of Shockerwick and Warley. Acreage, 1819; population, 886. An old ford on the Avon at the village gave rise to the name Bathford, and an elegant viaduct, of one flat arch, takes across the railway a little below. Hampton Cliffs, in the vicinity, arc picturesque, and command remarkably fine views. Some interesting Roman remains have been found in the parish. Bathford House is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £275 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is very good. The tower was rebuilt in 1879, with a figure of St Swithin on it in the act of benediction. There is a Baptist chapel, and a paper mill and quarries of Bath stone.

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 parishBath-Ford St. Swithin 
Poor Law unionBath 

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

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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.

CountyBath and North East Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA1
Post TownBath