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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Beckington St. Gregory|
|Poor Law union||Frome|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Beckington from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Beckington (St. Gregory))
Online maps of Beckington are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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- 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.