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East Lydford, Somerset

Historical Description

Lydford, East, a parish in Somerset, on the river Brue and the Fosse Way, 4 miles W of Castle Gary station on the G.W.R. Post town, Somerton; money order office, Keinton Mandeville; telegraph office, Alford. Acreage, 644; population of the civil parish, 147; of the ecclesiastical, 168. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £217 with residence. The old church stood in a low meadow and became very dilapidated. The present church was built on another site in 1866, at a cost of nearly £3000, is in the Early English style, comprises nave and chancel, with a bold S porch, and has a tower at the N side of the chancel-arch, square in the basement, octagonal above, and surmounted by a spire about 90 feet high.

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 Lydford St. Peter 
Poor Law unionShepton-Mallet 

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

We have transcribed the entry for East Lydford from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA11
Post TownSomerton

West Lydford