Freshford, a village and a parish in Somerset* The village stands amid charming environs on the river Avon, at the boundary with Wiltshire, near the Avon and Kennet Canal, 6 miles SSE of Bath, and has a station on the Salisbury branch of the G.W.R., 108 miles from London. Post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath. The parish contains. also two or three hamlets. Acreage, 594; population, 543. The manor belonged to Hinton Abbey until the dissolution, and then passed through the families of Davison, Methuen, and others, to the present owner, Lord Methuen. Sir William Napier wrote here his " History of the Peninsular War." The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £200 with residence. The church is dedicated to St Peter. It has an embattled Perpendicular tower, containing a clock and four bells. The body is of the 18th century. The chancel was rebuilt in 1859.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Freshford St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Bradford|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Freshford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Freshford (St. Peter))
Online maps of Freshford 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.