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Nether Stowey, Somerset

Historical Description

Stowey, Nether, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 9 miles WNW of Bridgwater station on the G.W.R., was once a market-town, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bridgwater. The poets Coleridge, Southey, and Wordsworth were for some time residents, and in 1893 a tablet was affixed to the cottage in which Coleridge wrote " The Ancient Mariner." The parish comprises 1103 acres; population of the civil parish, 634; of the ecclesiastical, 641. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor belongs to the Acland baronet family. Red deer are found in the Quantock Hills near this parish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £365 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1850, and is in the Early English style. There is a Congregational chapel.

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 parishNether Stowey St. Mary 
HundredWilliton and Freemanners 
Poor Law unionBridgwater 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Nether Stowey 1645-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

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 Nether Stowey from the following:


Online maps of Nether Stowey 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA5
Post TownBridgwater