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Winsham, Somerset

Historical Description

Winsham, a parish, with a village, in Somerset, 2½ miles ENE of Chard Road station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Chard; telegraph office, Chard. Acreage, 3306; population of the civil parish, 794; of the ecclesiastical, 884. The manor belongs to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The living is a rectory, with Cricket annexed, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £265 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church is Early English and good, and contains a painting of the Crucifixion on a panel, and monuments to the Henly and Royse families. There are a Congregational chapel and a large stone cross.

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 
Poor Law unionChard 

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 Winsham from the following:


Online maps of Winsham are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictSouth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA20
Post TownChard