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Shipham, Somerset

Historical Description

Shipham, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on a slope of Black Down, among the Mendip Hills, 2½ miles NNE of Axbridge station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Congresbury; money order office, Woodborough; telegraph office, Winscombe railway station. Acreage of parish, 772; population, 390. The manor belongs to the Dean and Chapter of Wells. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £200 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Wells. The church was rebuilt in 1842. There is a Wesleyan chapel. Cattle fairs are held annually on 27 April and 17 Nov.

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 parishShipham St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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

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Civil Registration

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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 districtBS25
Post TownWinscombe