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Orchard Portman, Somerset

Historical Description

Orchard Portman, a parish in Somerset, 2 miles SSE of Taunton station on the G.W.R. Post town, Taunton. Acreage, 683; population of the civil parish, 56; of the ecclesiastical, with Thurlbeere and Stoke St Mary, 428. The property, with Orchard Portman House, belongs to Viscount Portman, who is lord of the manor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells, with the donatives of Thurlbeere and Stoke annexed; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, Viscount Portman. The church is partly Norman and partly Perpendicular, in good condition, and consists of nave and chancel, with porch and tower, with four bells.

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 parishOrchard-Portman St. Michael 
HundredTaunton and Taunton-Dean 
Poor Law unionTaunton 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Orchard Portman 1538-1812, 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 Orchard Portman from the following:


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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.

DistrictTaunton Deane
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA3
Post TownTaunton