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Carhampton, Somerset

Historical Description

Carhampton, a village, a parish, and a hundred in Somerset. The village stands near the coast, 1½ mile ESE of Dunster, and 1 from Blue Anchor station on the West Somerset and Minehead branch of the G.W.R. It dates from ancient times under the name of Carumtune, and has a post office under Taunton; money order and telegraph office, Dunster. The surface of the parish is diversified with glen and hill. Acreage, 2788; population of the civil parish, 405; of the ecclesiastical, 612. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £280 with residence. The church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, is ancient, interesting, and good, and contains a screen. The tower was rebuilt in 1872, and contains a peal of six bells. Rodhuish, a detached part of this parish, was amalgamated for civil purposes only with Withycombe in 1884. In the NE corner of the parish is an old manor-house called Marshwood, formerly the residence of the Luttrell family, and in the W is Knowle House, formerly belonging to the Battersby family.

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 parishCarhampton St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionWilliton 

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

We have transcribed the entry for Carhampton from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA24
Post TownMinehead