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Holcombe, Somerset

Historical Description

Holcombe, a village and a parish in Somerset, on the Fosse Way, 6 miles NE by N of Shepton Mallet, and 2½ from Chilcompton station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. There is a post and money order office under Bath; telegraph office, Stratton-on-the-Fosse. Acreage, 711; population of the civil parish, 492; of the ecclesiastical, 509. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, s£801 with residence. The church is in the Early English style, and was erected in 1885. The present parish church is in the village. The old church stands about three quarters of a mile distant, near a wood, in a picturesque situation. It has some zigzag moulding round the arch of the porch. There is a meeting-house in the parish which belongs to the Wesleyan Society. The Edford Colliery is in Holcombe parish, and there is an extensive brewery. Coal abounds, and at one time was largely worked.

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 parishHolcombe St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionShepton-Mallet 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA3
Post TownRadstock