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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Carhampton St. John the Baptist|
|Poor Law union||Williton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, 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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Carhampton (St. John the Baptist))
Online maps of Carhampton 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.