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Muchelney, Somerset

Historical Description

Muchelney, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on the river Parret, 1½ mile SSE of Langport station on the G.W.R. The parish contains also the hamlets of Muchelney Ham and Thorney. Post town, Langport. Acreage, 1591; population, 240. A Benedictine abbey was founded here in 939 by King Athelstan, had at the dissolution an income estimated at £499, and has left some interesting remains which are used as farm buildings. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £170 with residence. The church is Later English, and consists of nave, aisles, transept, and chancel, with a tower.

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 parishMuchelney St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionLangport 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA10
Post TownLangport