Crowcombe, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands under the Quantock Hills, 7 miles NNE of Wiveliscombe and 11 from Taunton, with a station on the G.W.R., 167 miles from London, a post and money order office under Taunton, a telegraph office at the railway station, ½nd an inn. It was formerly a market-town and borough. It is a neat and romantic place, and commands a fine view to the west. The parish includes also the hamlet of Flaxpool. Acreage, 3271; population, 418. The manor belonged formerly to the Biccombes. Crowcombe Court, the seat of the Carew family, now represented by the Hon. Mrs Trollope, is a red brick mansion with portico and wings; stands amid highly picturesque grounds; and contains a fine collection of paintings and curiosities. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £321 with residence. The church is Later English and retains all the original finely-carved benches. It has an embattled tower, which was formerly surmounted by a spire, and contains monuments of the Carews. There is an endowed school. A sculptured cross is in the churchyard, and another is in the village.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Crowcombe Holy Trinity|
|Hundred||Williton and Freemanners|
|Poor Law union||Williton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Crowcombe 1641-1812, Somerset is available to browse online.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Crowcombe from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Crowcombe (Holy Trinity))
Online maps of Crowcombe 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.