West Monkton, Somerset
Monkton, West, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on a spur of the Quantock Hills, 2 or 2½ miles N of the Bridgwater Canal and the river Tone, 3½ NE by N of Taunton, and 2 from Durston station on the G.W.R. It has a post and telegraph office; money order office, Creech St Michael. The parish contains also the hamlets of Bathpool and Gotten. Acreage, 3196; population of the civil parish, 949; of the ecclesiastical, 964. Monkton House, Walford House, Court Place, Sidbrook House, Springfield House, and Creechbarrow, on the Tone, are all fine residences. Many spots command splendid views. There are several quarries. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £490 with residence. The church is Later English, simple but very symmetrical, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. There are some almshouses.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||West Monkton St. Augustine|
|Poor Law union||Taunton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at West Monkton 1710-1812, Somerset is available to browse online.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for West Monkton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Monkton, West (St. Augustine))
Online maps of West Monkton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.