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Kilmersdon, Somerset

Historical Description

Kilmersdon, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands amid picturesque scenery, 2 miles from Bad-stock station on the G.W.R. It is a seat of petty sessions, contains some good streets well built, has a good inn, a temperance hall with lecture room, and a church. There is a post and telegraph office under Bath; money order office, Eadstock. Acreage of the civil parish, 3545; population, 2438; of the ecclesiastical, 904. Coal is worked in the district. The church was originally a small Early Norman one. The present beautiful tower and N aisle were added in the 15th century. The chancel was restored in 1879 by Lord Hylton. The manor, Ammerdown House, and much of the land, belong to Lord Hylton. Ammerdown House is an edifice in the Grecian style, after designs by Wyatt, stands in a park of 4 miles in circuit, and commands extensive views. A beautiful column 150 feet high, to the memory of Col. T. S. Joliffe, is in the park. The rocks are various, and include much coal at a great depth. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath; value, £190 with residence. Patron, Lord Hylton. The perpetual curacy of Coleford is a separate benefice. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist 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 parishKilmersdon St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionFrome 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA3
Post TownRadstock