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Dowlish Wake, Somerset

Historical Description

Dowlish Wake or East Dowlish, a parish in Somerset, near the Chard Canal, 2 miles SE by S of Ilminster station on the G.W.R., and 4 NE of Chard. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Ilminstcr. Acreage, together with West Dowlish, 1212; population, 349. Limestone is quarried. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of West Dowlish, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; joint value, £347. The church was rebuilt in a handsome manner in 18G2.

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 parishDowlish-Wake St. Andrew 
HundredSouth Petherton 
Poor Law unionChard 

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

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA19
Post TownIlminster