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Mells, Somerset

Historical Description

Mells, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands in a valley 3½ miles WNW of Frome, and has a station called Mells and Babington on the G.W.R., 112 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. The parish contains also the hamlet of Vobster. Acreage, 3629; population of the civil parish, 953; of the ecclesiastical, 670. The manor with Mells Park belongs to the Horner family. The rocks include coal, pipe-clay, fuller's earth, lead ore, and manganese. Stone quarrying, asphalt works, and lime-burning are carried on, and the manufacture of agricultural edge tools, long famous for their superior quality, is conducted in two factories. There are remains of several ancient camps. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £500 with residence. The church is Later English, consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with pinnacled tower, and has fine painted windows of local work. Vobster is a separate ecclesiastical district with a church, dedicated to St Edmund, built in 1849.

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 parishMells St. Andrew 
HundredMells and Leigh 
Poor Law unionFrome 

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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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA11
Post TownFrome