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Butleigh, Somerset

Historical Description

Butleigh, a parish in Somersetshire, on the river Brue, 4 miles SSE of Glastonbury station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. It includes the hamlet of Butleigh-Wootton. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Glastonbury. Acreage, 3928; population of the civil parish, 772; of the ecclesiastical with Baltonsborough, 1500. Butleigh Hill is prominent, and blue lias is found. Sir George Bowles's Hospital, a large stone building with residence for surgeon, was erected in 1882 at a cost of about £5000. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Baltonsborough, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £423 with residence. The church is decorated English, and was restored in 1851, and enlarged in 1859. A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1883.

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 parishButleigh St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionWells 

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

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA6
Post TownGlastonbury