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Stogursey, Somerset

Historical Description

Stogursey or Stoke Courcy, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 8½ miles NW of Bridgwater station on the G.W.R., and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bridgwater. It was once a market-town, sent members to Parliament in the time of Edward III., and has fairs on 24 May and 23 Sept. The parish contains also five hamlets. Acreage, 5961; population, 1116. The manor belonged anciently to the De Courcys, and with Failfield House belongs now to the Acland-Hood family. A moated castle of the De Courcys was here, and has left some remains. A battle between the Danes and the Saxons was fought here in 845. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £80 with residence. Patron, Eton College. The church is Norman and Early English, includes part of a priory cell founded in the time of Henry II., and was restored in 1866 at a cost of about £6000. There are Congregational and Baptist chapels, and almshouses.

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 parishStogursey St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionWilliton 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Stogursey 1595-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stogursey from the following:


Online maps of Stogursey are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA5
Post TownBridgwater