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Pensford, Somerset

Historical Description

Pensford, a village and a district in Somerset. The village stands on the river Chew, and has a station on the G.W.R. 124 miles from London, and 5½ SSE of Bristol. It was once a market-town and a seat of cloth manufacture, has copper works and paper mills, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bristol. The district is called St Thomas-in-Pensford, and was incorporated with the parish of Stanton Drew for civil purposes in 1884. Population of Stanton Drew, with Pensford, 690. Hill House is a chief residence. A railway viaduct of sixteen arches and upwards of 112 feet high here crosses the Chew river, on which there is some picturesque scenery. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Stanton Drew, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Archdeacon of Bath. The church was of 14th century date, with an embattled tower; contained an old carved oak pulpit, and a curious old stone font; and, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1869. There is a Wesleyan 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 parishPensford St. Thomas St. Thomas à Becket 
Poor Law unionClutton 

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 Pensford from the following:


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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 districtBS39
Post TownBristol

Stanton Drew