Place:Shoscombe, Somerset, England

TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.307°N 2.418°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoBathavon (rural), Somerset, Englandrural district in which Shoscombe situated 1889-1974
Wansdyke, Avon, Englanddistrict in which Shoscombe located 1974-1996
Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Englandunitary authority which took over from Avon on its abolition in 1996

Shoscombe is a small village and civil parish in the valley of the Wellow Brook in north-east Somerset, about seven miles south of Bath. It had a population of over 450 in 2001 (last published census).

There was a coal mine in Shoscombe from 1828 until the 1850s. (source:Wikipedia). It was one of the Writhlington Collieries. From 1929 until the line closed in 1966, Shoscombe had a railway station, Shoscombe and Single Hill Halt, on the main line of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.

Research Tips

  • The writer has not found a date when Schoscombe became a parish, but it is assumed to be in the 20th century. It is not listed in GENUKI. The previous parish is also not known.
  • 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:
  • Old Maps Online has a further selection of local maps. Some of these do not expand sufficiently to identify rural places.
  • A History of Britain Online is a compilation of gazetteers which may provide more information about very small places which are missing from Wikipedia. In the case of Somerset it refers to A History of the County of Somerset by R. W. Dunning (editor), published as part of the Victoria County History series in 2006.

Old Maps

Family History Catalog references are for Shoscombe and Single Hill, repsectively.

source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog