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Kewstoke, Somerset

Historical Description

Kewstoke, a village and a parish in Somerset. 'The village stands on the coast, at Sand Bay, 2 miles NNE of Weston-super-Mare station on the G.W.R., and 9 NW of Axbridge. The parish contains also the liamlet of Milton. It has a post office under Weston-super-Mare; money order and telegraph office, Worle. Acreage, 2344 of land and 854 of water and foreshore; population of the civil parish, 795; of the ecclesiastical, 789. Woodspring Priory here was founded in 1210 for Augustinian canons by William de Courtenay, was dissolved in 1534 when it had a revenue of, £111, and is now represented partly by a farmhouse, partly by a ruined tower, which retains much of its original character. A modern road, through a wood, from Kewstoke village to Weston, commands charming views over the Bristol Channel to the Welsh mountains, and a flight of about 200 rude stairs, called the " Hermit's Steps," leads up to a magnificent view and an ancient camp on Worle Hill. Limestone is quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value,, £150 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is Norman and Early English, and comprises nave and chancel, with porch and tower. There is a chapel of ease at Milton, erected in 1886, and a Congregational and two Plymouth Brethren chapels.

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 parishKewstoke St. Paul 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS22
Post TownWeston-Super-Mare