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North Petherton, Somerset

Historical Description

Petherton, North, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 1½ mile W of the Taunton Canal, and 3 miles S by W of Bridgwater station on the G.W.R. It consists of a main street and a few smaller streets, is a seat of petty sessions, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bridgwater. The parish includes the chapelry of North Newton, the tithings of Petherton Limit, Town Denison, Buckland Fee, and Woolmersdon, and the hamlets of Huntworth, West Newton, Shearston, Tuckerton, Moorland, and Bankland, extends eastward beyond the river Parret, and, comprises 10,484 acres; population of the civil parish, 3552 ½ of the ecclesiastical, 2041. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £480 with residence. The church is fine Later English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with two porches and a lofty tower; and has a pulpit resting on the shoulders of a human figure carved in stone. The chapelries of North Newton and Northmoor Green are separate benefices. There are Congregational and Baptist chapels. Fairs are held on 1 May and 8 Nov.

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 parishNorth Petherton St. Mary 
HundredNorth Petherton 
Poor Law unionBridgwater 

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

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA6
Post TownBridgwater