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Radstock, Somerset

Historical Description

Radstock, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on the Fosse Way, on a small affluent of the river Avon, with stations on the G.W.R. and Somerset and Dorset railway, 115 miles from London and 8 from Frome. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath. Acreage of parish, 1014; population, 3438. Radstock takes its name from red sandstone lying below and around it, and is the centre of an extensive coal-field. The manor belongs to Lord Carlingford. Round Hill Barrow is near the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £250 with residence. Patron, Lord Carlingford. The church was rebuilt in 1879, and is a building in the Perpendicular style, with a tower. A market for general produce is held on Saturday, and there is a partly covered-in market-place. There is a working-men's institute. The parish has an urban district council of fifteen members.

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 parishRadstock St. Nicholas 
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 Radstock 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 districtBA3
Post TownRadstock