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Otterford, Somerset

Historical Description

Otterford, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands under the Black Down Hills, near the boundary with Devonshire, and near the source of the river Otter, 6 miles from Chard station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. There is a post office at Bishops Wood, under Chard, money order and telegraph office, Chard. The parish contains also the hamlet of Bishops Wood. Acreage, 2446; population, 391. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £175 with residence. The church is Early English, and consists of nave, aisles, transept, and chancel, with a tower. A rather remarkable Early English stoup is set in the S wall of the chancel. There is a chapel for Plymouth Brethren at Bishops Wood. Otterhead House is a very handsome residence in the neighbourhood.

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 parishOtterford St. Leonard 
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 Otterford 1588-1812, 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 Otterford from the following:


Online maps of Otterford 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.

DistrictTaunton Deane
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA3
Post TownTaunton