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Freshford, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

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 parishFreshford St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBradford 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyBath and North East Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA2
Post TownBath