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East Harptree, Somerset

Historical Description

Harptree, East, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands near the source of the river Yeo, under the Mendip Hills, 5 miles from Glutton station on the G.W.R. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office under Blag-don. The parish also includes the hamlet of Coley, and comprises 2595 acres; population of the civil parish, 604; of the-ecclesiastical, 571. Harptree Court is a pleasant mansion. The Lamb cavern is in mountain limestone W of the village, and the source of the Yeo is a copious stream gushing from the rock further W. The rocks include manganese and zinc ½ and the subsoil consista largely of a kind of breccia. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £260 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is ancient but good, consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower, and contains a figured altar-tomb of Sir John Newton, who died in 1568. The remains of Richmond Castle, the ancient fortress of the Harptreefr and Goumays, lie about half a mile SW of the church. There are a Roman Catholic church and Free Methodist chapel.

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 parishEast Harptree St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionClutton 

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

Church Records, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

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.

CountyBath and North East Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS40
Post TownBristol