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West Lydford, Somerset

Historical Description

Lydford, West, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on the river Brue, 4½ miles W of Castle Cary station on the G.W.R., and has a five-arched bridge across the river. It has a post office under Somerton; money order office, Keinton Mandeville; telegraph office, Baltonsborough. Acreage of the civil parish, 1897; population, 276; of the ecclesiastical, 255. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £295 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1846; is in the Pointed style; consists of nave, transept, and chancel, with porch and tower, and has a fine memorial window; it was restored in 1881 and again in 1888. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 Lydford St. Mary 
Poor Law unionShepton-Mallet 

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.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for West Lydford 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA11
Post TownSomerton