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Wrington, Somerset

Historical Description

Wrington, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on a hill-slope, 3¾ miles SE of Yatton station on the G.W.R., and 6½ NNE of Axbridge. It was once a market-town and a seat of petty sessions, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office and two reading-rooms. The parish includes three hamlets, and comprises 5913 acres; population of civil parish, 1472; of ecclesiastical, 1316. Cowslip Lodge and Barley Wood, both built by Hannah More, Westhay, The Grove, and Havyatt Lodge are the chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £385 with residence. The church is a very fine edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, with a magnificent western embattled tower, and was well restored in 1862-63. A chapel of ease is at Redhill, and there are Wesleyan and Congregational chapels. Locke the philosopher was a native.

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 parishWrington All Saints 
HundredBrent with Wrington 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS40
Post TownBristol