- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Somerton is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It comprises the twin villages of East Somerton and West Somerton and is situated some 14 km (8.7 mi) north of the town of Great Yarmouth, 35 km (22 mi) north-east of the city of Norwich, and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the North Sea.
The civil parish has an area of 8.25 km2 (3.19 sq mi) and in the 2001 UK census had a population of 257 in 93 households, the population increasing to 289 at the 2011 UK census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the District of Great Yarmouth.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of West Somerton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "SOMERTON (West), a parish in Flegg [registration] district, Norfolk; 8¾ miles NW by N of Yarmouth [railway] station. It has a post-office under Yarmouth. Acres: 1,189. Real property: £2,252. Population: 244. Houses: 59. The manor belongs to T. F. Grove, Esq. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Norwich. Value: £98. Patron: T. F. Grove, Esq. The church is thatched; and has a round tower, with octangular lantern."
East and West Somerton joined to become Somerton in 1935.
- GENUKI provides a list of references for West Somerton. Some entries lead to free online transcriptions of registers and censuses.
- GENUKI also advises that the following lists for Norfolk are to be found in FamilySearch:
- England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997
- England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812
- England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941
- England, Norfolk Marriage Bonds, 1557-1915
- England, Norfolk Non-conformist Records, 1613-1901