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Swell, Somerset

Historical Description

Swell, a parish in Somerset, 4 miles SW of Langport station on the G.W.R. Post town, Taunton; money order and telegraph office, Curry Rivell. The living is a rectory, annexed to Fivehead. The church is a very ancient building of stone.

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 parishSwell St. Catherine 
HundredAbdick and Bulstone 
Poor Law unionLangport 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Swell 1599-1812, Somerset is available to browse online.

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Swell 1713-1754, Somerset is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1559., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.


Church of England

St. Catherine (parish church)

The church of St. Catherine is an ancient building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing 2 bells: there are sittings for 108 persons.

St. Catherine, SwellNave of St. Catherine, Swell

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 Swell from the following:


Online maps of Swell 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.

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA3
Post TownTaunton