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Wanstrow, Somerset

Historical Description

Wanstrow, a parish, with a village, in Somerset, with a station (passengers only) on the G.W.R., 115 miles from London, and 5½ SW of Frome. It has a post and telegraph office under Shepton Mallet; money order office, Batcombe. Acreage, 2099; population, 321. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £270 with residence. The church is Early English, and was restored in 1877. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist 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 parishWanstrow St. Mary 
Poor Law unionFrome 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from 1653., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, north chapel, nave, aisles, transepts, south porch and an embattled tower on the south side, with pinnacles, and containing 6 bells: the church was restored in 1877 at a cost of £1,500, and has sittings for 250 persons.

St. Mary, WanstrowSt. Mary, Wanstrow

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wanstrow from the following:


Online maps of Wanstrow 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA4
Post TownShepton Mallet