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Pilton, Somerset

Historical Description

Pilton, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 2 miles from Pennard station on the Somerset and Dorsetshire Joint railway, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Shepton Mallet. The parish contains also the hamlets of East Compton, West Compton, Lower Westholme, and Upper Westholme. Acreage, 4626; population of the civil parish, 899; of the ecclesiastical, 1008. There is a parish council consisting of six members. Westholme. House, Pilton House, Burford, Springfield House, and Porridge House are chief residences. An ancient barn, which belonged to Glastonbury Abbey, is near the church, and has an elegantly constructed roof. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £250 with residence Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is ancient, of different periods; consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower; contains a piscina and several ancient monuments; has a large and fine E window, and has been thoroughly restored at a cost of £3500. There are Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels and several small charities.

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 parishPilton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionShepton-Mallet 

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

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA4
Post TownShepton Mallet