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Penselwood, Somerset

Historical Description

Penselwood, a parish, with a village, in Somerset, adjacent to Dorsetshire and Wilts, 3¼ miles NE by E of Wincanton station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Bath; money order and telegraph office, Bourton. Acreage, 1112; population of the civil parish, 353; of the ecclesiastical, 362. There is a parish council consisting of five members and a. chairman. The manor belongs to the Earl of Ilchester and the Hoare family. A barrow and the site of a very ancient church are at Ballands. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £200 with residence. The church is Later English; has been restored; consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower; and contains. an old font, a piscina, and several monuments. There is a Primitive Methodist 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 parishPenscellwood St. Michael 
Poor Law unionWincanton 

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.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Penselwood 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.

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA9
Post TownBruton