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Bishops Lydeard, Somerset

Historical Description

Bishops-Lydeard, a village and a parish in Somersetshire. The village stands near the Quantock Hills, 5 miles NNW of Taunton, and has a station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (E.S.O.) The parish includes the tithings of Lydeard-Punchardon, Town, Church, East Bagborough, Quantock Hill, East Coombe, Cames-Ash, Ash-Week, and Free, and the hamlet of Kenley-Bottom. Acreage, 4832; population of the civil parish, 1105; of the ecclesiastical, 1093. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells: value, £253. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Wells. The church has a very beautiful tower in Perpendicular English, of the time of Henry VII., and was repaired in 1860. There are two sculptured crosses in the churchyard, a Congregational chapel, a petty sessions court-house, ten almshouses with £230 a year, and some other charities. Sandhill Park is a fine seat in the vicinity.

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 parishBishop's Lydeard St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTaunton 

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

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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.

DistrictTaunton Deane
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA4
Post TownTaunton