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Halse, Somerset

Historical Description

Halse, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 2 miles SW of Bishops Lydeard station on the G.W.R., and 6½ WNW of Taunton. It has a post office under Bishops Lydeard; money order and telegraph office, Bishops Lydeard. Acreage of the civil parish, 1320; population, 361; of the ecclesiastical, 352. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £170 with residence. The church consists of nave, S aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower, has a Norman font, and is good. There is a small chapel for Bible Christians.

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 parishHalse St. James 
HundredWilliton and Freemanners 
Poor Law unionTaunton 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Halse 1559-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Halse from the following:


Online maps of Halse 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:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictTaunton Deane
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA4
Post TownTaunton