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Bicknoller, Somerset

Historical Description

Bicknoller, a parish in Somersetshire, 2½ miles from Williton station on the G.W.R., and 4½ miles SE of Watchet. It has a post and money order office under Taunton. A detached part of Stogumber, known as Halsway, was amalgamated with this parish in 1883. Acreage, 1912; population of the civil parish, 312; of the ecclesiastical, 270. The surface includes part of the Quantock Hills, and contains points which command extensive views. Two Roman camps, called Trendle's and Turk's castles, and a beacon, are near the church, and very many Roman coins and other relics have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £216. Patron, the Vicar of Stogumber. The church is good, and was restored in 1871, the tower in 1879, and a new cage for bells erected in 1890. The church tower has unusually large angle buttresses ornamented with winged gargoyles. The porch has a parvise or priest's chamber over it. There is a handsome carved screen with five openings. The rood staircase is in good preservation. The tower, 65 feet high, has a yew tree growing on the top, now about 5 feet high. The oldest inhabitant always remembers its being there.

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 
HundredWilliton and Freemanners 
Poor Law unionWilliton 

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.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bicknoller from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA4
Post TownTaunton