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Cannington, Somerset

Historical Description

Cannington, a village, a parish, and a hundred in Somersetshire. The village stands 2 miles SSW of a bend of the river Parret, and 3½ NW by W of Bridgewater railway Station. It dates from ancient times, was known to the Saxons as Caninganmaersees, had a Benedictine nunnery, founded in the time of King Stephen by Robert de Courcy, and is supposed to have been the birthplace of the Fair Rosamond of ballad notoriety. The parish includes also the hamlets of Edstock and Beer, and impinges some distance on the Parret. Post, money order, and telegraph office under Bridgewater. Acreage, 4076; population, 1147. Cannington House is the seat of the Clifford family; Brymore, the seat of the Bonverie family. Kit Hill in the vicinity has an altitude of 1067 feet. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £240, in the gift of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church was part of the Benedictine nunnery, is Later English and fine, and contains tombs of the Cliffords. It was restored in 1885. There are a Roman Catholic chapel, a Congregational chapel, and almshouses.

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 parishCannington St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBridgwater 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Cannington 1559-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Cannington from the following:


Online maps of Cannington are available from a number of sites:

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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA5
Post TownBridgwater