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North Stoke, Somerset

Historical Description

Stoke, North, a parish in Somerset on the river Avon, 4½ miles NW of Bath railway station. Post town, Bath; money order and telegraph office, Bitton. Acreage, 791; population, 178. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £150 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church, dedicated to St Martin, is believed to be of Saxon foundation, and was restored in 1888. The font and chancel arch are very ancient and in good preservation. The remains of a Roman villa were discovered near the church in 1888. The Roman road Via Julia, from Bath to Caerleon in Wales, runs through the parish. Most of the village of Swinford on the Avon is in the parish, and tradition assigns it as the place where Prince Bladud crossed with his swine on his way to the hot springs of Bath. On the hill of Landsdown there are extensive remains of a Roman encampment. Just over the NE border of the parish was fought the battle of Landsdown, and an interesting monument giving details commemorates the battle. Golf links were formed on the Down in 1895.

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 Stoke St. Martin 
Poor Law unionKeynsham 

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.

Civil Registration

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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.

CountyBath and North East Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA1
Post TownBath