UK Genealogy Archives logo

Berrow, Somerset

Historical Description

Berrow, a parish in Somersetshire, on a bay of its own name, on the Bristol Channel, 2 miles from Burnham station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway, and 9¼ WSW of Axbridge. It has a post office under Burnham, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 2221; population, 413. A great extent of sand, called Berrow Flat, is alternately covered and abandoned by the tide, and this forms most of Borrow Bay, which is simply an open narrow belt extending 8 miles northward from the mouths of the Parret and the Brue. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £233 with residence. Patron, the Archdeacon of Wells. The church is an interesting one of the 13th century. It has been well restored, and the chancel much improved by being paved with encaustic tiles, and by the addition of a beautifully carved reredos. The altar is of oak, of much historical interest, being formerly in Wells Cathedral. The pulpit and desk are also of oak, and are fine specimens of Jacobean work. There is a Wesleyan chapel

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 parishBerrow St. Mary 
HundredBrent with Wrington 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Berrow from the following:


Online maps of Berrow are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA8
Post TownBurnham-On-Sea