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West Monkton, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

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 Monkton St. Augustine 
Poor Law unionTaunton 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at West Monkton 1710-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

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:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictTaunton Deane
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA2
Post TownTaunton