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Beckington, Somerset

Historical Description

Beckington, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands near the river Frome, 3 miles NE of Frome station on the G.W.R. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office. It was formerly a place of some importance, carrying on woollen manufactures, but suffered greatly from the decline of the clothing trade. The parish includes also the hamlet of Rudge. Acreage, 2099; population, of the civil parish, 855; of the ecclesiastical (with Standerwick), 868. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Standerwick, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £683 with residence. The church was restored in 1861 and 1873, and contains monuments of the Seymours and the poet Daniel. There are a Baptist chapel and some small charities. Thomas Beckington, Bishop of Bath and Wells, who figured in the legislation against the Wickliffites, was a native, and Huish, one of the editors of the Polyglott Bible, was rector. Standerwick Court is in the neighbourhood.

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 parishBeckington St. Gregory 
Poor Law unionFrome 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA11
Post TownFrome