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Goathill, Somerset

Historical Description

Goathill, a parish in the county of Somerset, on the verge of the county, 2½ miles E of Sherborne station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Sherborne. Acreage, 298; population, 54. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £90. The church is old but good.

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 parishGoathill St. Peter 
Poor Law unionSherborne 
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1699. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required)., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter is an ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing one bell; in 1873 the chancel was restored and the nave was new-roofed in 1878: there are sittings for 60 persons.
St. Peter, Goathill

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Goathill from the following:


Online maps of Goathill are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Parochial History

This parish, originally in Somerset, on the borders of Dorset, was, in pursuance of section 54 of the "Local Government Act, 1888" (51 and 52 Vict. c. 41) eventually transferred to Dorset as from March 31, 1896.

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT9
Post TownSherborne