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South Petherton, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

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 parishSouth Petherton St. Peter and St. Paul 
HundredSouth Petherton 
Poor Law unionYeovil 

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 South Petherton 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.

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA13
Post TownSouth Petherton