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West Harptree, Somerset

Historical Description

Harptree, West, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 1 mile N by W of East Harptree, and about 5 miles from Clutton station on the G.W.R., and contains the old manor houses of Gournay and Tilly, now converted into farm dwellings. There is a post office under Blagdon; money order and telegraph office, East Harptree. Acreage of the civil parish, 3046; population, 347; of the ecclesiastical, 327. The manor of Gournay belongs to the Prince of Wales, and that of Tilly to the Newtons. A wooded hollow called Haydon's Gully, in a hillside, derives its name from having been the hiding-place of Colonel Haydon, a partisan of the Duke of Monmouth. The living is a vicarage-in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £260 with residence. Patron, the Prince of Wales. The church is ancient, was restored in 1864, and a transept added, at a cost of £1500, and comprises nave, aisle, and porch, with-tower and spire.

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 parishWest Harptree St. Mary 
Poor Law unionClutton 

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

Church Records, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for West Harptree from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyBath and North East Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS40
Post TownBristol