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Hinton St George, Somerset

Historical Description

Hinton St George, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 4 miles NW of Crewkerne station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 ESE of Ilminster; is well built, has a fair on 23 April, and gives the title of Viscount to Earl Poulett. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office, under Crewkerne. Acreage of parish, 1572; population, 649. The manor belonged to the Powtnels and the Denebands, and passed to the Pouletts. Hinton House is the seat of Earl Poulett, dates from the time of Henry VII., has a garden front designed by Inigo Jones, and stands in a fine park of about 600 acres. Family pictures in it were given to the great Lord Clarendon, and are now at the Grove in Herts and at Bothwell Castle in Scotland. Vantage grounds in the parish command extensive and beautiful views, and one of them has glimpses of both Bristol Channel and the English Channel. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £115 with residence. Patron, Earl Ponlett. The church is Early English, comprises nave, S aisle, and chance!, with S porch and lofty tower, and has a fine memorial window to the children of John, 5th Earl Ponlett. A very handsome window has also been put in the chancel by the late Lady Augusta Poulett to the memory of the children of the 4th Earl, her brothers and sisters. There are a Wes-leyan chapel, a Plymouth Brethren meeting-house, some almshouses, and a reading-room. Gas and water have been laid on to the village by Earl Poulett.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Hinton St. George 1632-1837, 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.


Online maps of Hinton St George 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.

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA17
Post TownHinton St. George