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Horsington, Somerset

Historical Description

Horsington, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands near the river Gale, 1 mile NW of Temple-combe station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 3 miles SSW of Wincanton, and has a post office under Bath; money order and telegraph office, Templecombe. Acreage of the civil parish, 3130; population, 721; of the ecclesiastical, 751. Horsington House is the seat of the Dodington family. Bricks and tiles are made. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £760 with residence. The church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1884-86, and contains some good memorial windows. An ancient cross is near it There are Congregational, Baptist, and Wesleyan chapels, a large school-house, and charities.

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 parishHorsington St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionWincanton 

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

Church Records, 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 Horsington from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA8
Post TownTemplecombe