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Lympsham, Somerset

Historical Description

Lympsham, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on the river Axe, 3 miles S of Weston-super-Mare, and 2 from Bleadon station on the G.W.R., and has a post office under Weston-super-Mare; money order and telegraph office, East Brent. Acreage of parish, 2082; population, 420. The manor belonged formerly to Glastonbury Abbey. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £620. The church is Later English, in good condition, and consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishLympsham St. Christopher 
HundredBrent with Wrington 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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


Church Records

The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1737; marriages, 1773; an earlier register of marriages is said to have been in existence till 1780.

Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.


Churches

Church of England

St. Christopher (parish church)

The church of St. Christopher is an ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch and a fine western tower with a low arcaded parapet, altered in the 19th century, and bold double buttresses, terminating in four massive pinnacles, and containing a clock and 6 bells: on the south window is the date 1633, a record of repairs made at that date: the north aisle, which has a finely carved and moulded roof and a good parapet with pinnacles, appears to have originally been a chapel connected with the adjoining grange, probably used by the monks of Glastonbury as a summer residence; the ceiling is a fine example of Perpendicular timber work: on the north side is a walled-up entrance and a tabernacled niche, and at the east end is a piscina: the nave roof is coved and enriched with good bosses, and below the wall plate are six grotesque heads, perhaps belonging to an earlier roof: the east window is filled with modern stained glass, the west window and the heads of all the others are filled with stained glass, and there is also a memorial east window in the north aisle: the font, a work of the 12th century, with zigzag ornament, is a relic of an earlier church. The church was reseated in carved oak in 1894 at a cost of £965, and now affords sittings for 340 persons.
St. Christopher, Lympsham

Methodist

Wesleyan Chapel

There is a Wesleyan chapel, rebuilt in 1902, and seating about 200 persons.


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 Lympsham from the following:


Maps

Online maps of Lympsham are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:


Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictSedgemoor
CountySomerset
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Postal districtBS24
Post TownWeston-Super-Mare