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Locking, Somerset

Historical Description

Locking, a parish in Somerset, 3¼ miles from Weston-super-Mare station on the G.W.R., and 3 miles N of Banwell station on the Cheddar Valley branch of the G.W.R. It has a post office under Weston-super-Mare; money order and telegraph office, Banwell. Acreage, 1030; population, 127. The manor and much of the land belong to the Merchant Adventurers of Bristol. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £120 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1810, retains the tower of the previous edifice, comprises nave, aisle, transept, chancel, and porch, and contains a fine stone pulpit, and a curious old carved font. The tower is a beautiful specimen of 14th century work. The font is Anglo-Saxon, and one of the oldest in the kingdom. There are several stained glass windows in the church, three of them in memory of the Law family.

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 parishLocking St. Augustine 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS24
Post TownWeston-Super-Mare