Buckland St Mary, Somerset
Buckland-St-Mary, a village and a parish in Somersetshire. The village stands 1½ mile from the verge of the county, 4½ miles NW of Chard station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R., and 6 W by S of Ilminster, and it has a post office under Chard; money order and telegraph office, Yarcombe. The parish comprises 3654 acres; population, 586. Traces of a Roman fort bear the name of Neroche Castle, and relics of conflicts between the Saxons and the Danes have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £300. The church was rebuilt in the nine years prior to 1864 at a cost of about £20,000, chiefly defrayed by the rector, the Rev J. E. Lance; is in the Decorated English style; consists of nave with aisles, chancel with side chapels, a south porch, and a massive western tower; and has ornature of coloured marbles, polychromy, statuary, and painted windows. Remains of an ancient stone cross are in the churchyard. There is a Baptist chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Buckland St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Chard|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Buckland St. Mary 1538-1812, Somerset is available to browse online.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Buckland St Mary from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Buckland (St. Mary))
- Kelly's Directory of Somerset, 1914
Online maps of Buckland St Mary are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- 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.