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Buckland St Mary, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

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 parishBuckland St. Mary 
Poor Law unionChard 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Buckland St. Mary 1538-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., 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 Buckland St Mary from the following:


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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.

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA20
Post TownChard