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West Pennard, Somerset

Historical Description

Pennard, West, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village has a station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, 128 miles from London, and 3½ W by S of Glastonbury. It has a post office under Glastonbury; money order and telegraph office, Baltonsborough. The parish contains also the hamlets of East Street, South Town, and Sticklinch. Acreage, 3255; population, 762. A fair is held on the last Monday of July. A cheese, 9½ feet in circumference, and, 11 cwt. in weight, was made here from the produce of 750 cows, and presented to the Queen in 1840. The living is a. vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £280 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is Later English, in good condition, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower. A sculptured. cross is in the churchyard. 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 Pennard St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionWells 

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

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for West Pennard 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 districtBA6
Post TownGlastonbury