Closeworth or Closworth, a parish in Somerset, on the river Yeo, at the boundary with Dorsetshire, 2 miles from Sutton Bingham station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Sherborne; money order office, Yetminster; telegraph office, North Coker. Acreage, 1083; population, 112. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £118 with residence. Patron, Lord Portman. The church is Later English and good; it was restored in 1875.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Closworth All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Yeovil|
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.
The register dates from the year 1685.
Church of England
All Saints (parish church)
The church of All Saints is a perpendicular building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, and containing 5 bells: there are four stained windows: the church was partially restored in 1875, at a cost of £1,200, by the widow of the Rev. Edward Bower, B.A. rector from 1828, and the work completed in the early 1900's: there are sittings for 140 persons: in the churchyard is an ancient cross and a tomb to Thomas Purdue, a bellfounder of repute, whose foundry stood where is now the rector's orchard; he died in 1711.
All Saints, Closworth
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Closworth from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Closworth (All Saints))
Online maps of Closworth 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.