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Puriton, Somerset

Historical Description

Puriton, a parish, with a village, in Somerset, on the river Parrot, 3½ miles NNE of Bridgwater station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Bridgwater; money order and telegraph office, Dunball. Acreage, 1570; population, 744. There is a parish council consisting of six members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £280 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Windsor. The church is ancient, has a tower, and was restored in 1882. There is a Congregational chapel. Dunball is a hamlet in this parish, where the G.W.R. have a station. Some extensive cement works are in the village.

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 parishPuriton St. Michael 
HundredHuntspill and Puriton 
Poor Law unionBridgwater 

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

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA7
Post TownBridgwater