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Crowcombe, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

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 parishCrowcombe Holy Trinity 
HundredWilliton and Freemanners 
Poor Law unionWilliton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Crowcombe 1641-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

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:


Online maps of Crowcombe are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA4
Post TownTaunton