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Wedmore, Somerset

Historical Description

Wedmore, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on a rising-ground 3 miles from Draycott station on the G.W.R., and 5 S of Axbridge. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Weston-super-Mare. It is nominally a borough governed by a portreeve, and has two annual fairs. Acreage of the civil parish, 10,280; population, 2891; of the ecclesiastical, 1801. For parish council purposes it is divided into three wards, and has a council of twelve members. The manor belonged formerly to the Dean of Wells, and belongs now to the Baileys. Much Cheddar cheese is made. A pot of Anglo-Danish coins was found in the churchyard in 1851. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £310. Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is ancient, cruciform, and has been restored. In 1890 a handsome west window was erected in memory of King Alfred, Wedmore being near the historic spot where he and a few faithful followers harassed the victorious Danes. Eleven chapels were anciently in different parts. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, a reading-room, and charities.

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 parishWedmore St. Mary 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS28
Post TownWedmore