Claverton or Claverdon, a parish in Somerset, on the river Avon and the Kennet Canal, 2 miles E by S of Bath station on the G.W.R. Post town, Bath; money order and telegraph office, Bath. Acreage, 1245; population, 362. The manor belonged formerly to the Bishops of Bath and Wells. The old manor-house stood on the descent of a hill,. and was besieged and captured by a Parliamentarian force in the Civil War. The present house stands high on the same hill; was built from designs by Wyattville, commands, a fine view of the valley of the Avon, and possesses a rich gallery of pictures. The reach of vale, called the Valley of Claverton, displays striking beauty, and contains the Hamp-ton rocks and other romantic features. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £56. The church was rebuilt in 1858, and the churchyard has a fine-tomb of Ralph Alien of Prior Park. Graves, the author of " The Spiritual Quixote," was rector.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Hundred||Hampton and Claverton|
|Poor Law union||Bath|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Claverton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Claverton)
Online maps of Claverton 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.