Place:Downhead, Somerset, England

TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.211°N 2.443°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoShepton Mallet (rural), Somerset, Englandrural district in which Downhead situated 1894-1974
Mendip, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district in existence since 1974 which includes Downhead
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Downhead is a village and civil parish close to Leigh-on-Mendip and 5 miles (8 km) north east of Shepton Mallet, in the Mendip District of Somerset, England. The parish includes the medieval settlement of Tadhill.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Downhead.

Research Tips

  • The Downhead GENUKI page gives dates of availability of parish records (births, marriages and deaths) and Poor Law Unions.
  • The Somerset Heritage Centre (incorporating what was formerly the Somerset Record Office and the Somerset Local Studies Library) can be found at its new location at Langford Mead in Taunton. It has an online search facility leading to pages of interest, including maps from the First and Second Ordnance Survey (select "Maps and Postcards" from the list at the left, then enter the parish in the search box).
    The Heritage Centre has an email address:
  • Three maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrate the changes in political boundaries over the period 1830-1945. All have expanding scales and on the second and third this facility is sufficient that individual parishes can be inspected.
  • Somerset Hundreds as drawn in 1832. This map was prepared before The Great Reform Act of that year. Note the polling places and representation of the various parts of the county.
  • Somerset in 1900, an Ordnance Survey map showing rural districts, the boundaries of the larger towns, the smaller civil parishes of the time, and some hamlets and villages in each parish
  • Somerset in 1943, an Ordnance Survey map showing the rural districts after the changes to their structure in the 1930s
source: Family History Library Catalog
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