Rodney Stoke, Somerset
Rodney Stoke, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands under the Mendip Hills, 1½ mile from Draycott station on the G.W.R., and gave the title of Baron in 1782 to Admiral Rodney. Post town, Weston-super-Mare. The parish contains part of Draycott hamlet, and comprises 2720 acres; population of the civil parish, 676; of the ecclesiastical, 185. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The Mendip Hills here, especially a peak called Stoke Knoll, rise with great boldness and beauty. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £160 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church, dedicated to St Leonard, is Later English, contains monuments of the Rodney family, has been well restored, and has a unique and very handsome carved oak screen of 1625.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Rodney Stoke St. Leonard|
|Poor Law union||Wells|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Rodney Stoke from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Stoke, Rodney (St. Leonard))
Online maps of Rodney Stoke are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.