Sparkford, a parish, with a village, in Somerset, 4½ miles SSW of Castle Gary, with a station on the G.W.R., 126 miles from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath. Acreage, 1026; population, 287. Bronze celts and Roman relics are found. Sparkford Hall is the chief residence. A large fortnightly repository sale is held. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £220 with residence. The church, excepting the tower and chancel, was rebuilt in 1824.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Sparkford St. Mary Magdalene|
|Poor Law union||Wincanton|
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 Sparkford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Sparkford (St. Mary Magdalene))
Online maps of Sparkford 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.