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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Mells St. Andrew|
|Hundred||Mells and Leigh|
|Poor Law union||Frome|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Mells from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Mells (St. Andrew))
Online maps of Mells are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.