South Petherton, Somerset
Petherton, South, a small town and a parish in Somerset. The town stands near the Fosse Way and the river Parret, 3 miles SW by W of Martock station on the G.W.R., and 4½ N by W of Crewkerne, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Ilminster. It has a bank, hotel, police station, church, and an institute with reading-rooms. A sheep fair is held on 6 July. The parish includes the tithings of Compton Durvill, South Harp, and Over Stratton. Acreage, 3494; population, 2250. Yeabridge House, King Ina's Palace, and Bridge House are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £320 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is cruciform, and variously Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular; has a central octagonal tower; was restored in 1861; and contains three brasses. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, and Bible Christian chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||South Petherton St. Peter and St. Paul|
|Poor Law union||Yeovil|
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.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for South Petherton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Petherton, South (St. Peter and St. Paul))
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Online maps of South Petherton 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.