Place:Somerset, England

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NameSomerset
Alt namesSOMsource: Chapman County Code (GENUKI)
Somersource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) xviii
Somersetshiresource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Somsetsource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002; UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [web site] (1997-98) accessed 16 Dec 2002
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Coordinates51°N 3.1°W
Located inEngland
Contained Places
Area
Athelney
Borough
Bath
Bridgwater
Chard
Glastonbury
Minehead
Taunton ( 710 - )
Wells ( 500 - )
Weston-super-Mare
Yeovil
Cemetery
Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery
Civil parish
Abbas and Temple Combe
Abbots Leigh
Alford
Aller
Allerton Chapel
Ansford
Ash Priors
Ash
Ashbrittle
Ashcott
Ashill
Ashwick
Backwell
Badgworth
Baltonsborough
Banwell
Batcombe
Bathampton
Batheaston
Bathford
Berkley
Binegar
Bridgwater
Brompton Regis
Buckland Dinham
Butleigh
Cameley
Camerton
Charlcombe
Charlton Horethorne
Charlton Mackrell
Chelwood
Chew Magna
Chew Stoke
Claverton
Clevedon
Clutton
Combe Hay
Combe St. Nicholas
Compton Martin
Corston
Cranmore
Creech St. Michael
Croscombe
Ditcheat
Doulting
Downhead
Dunkerton
East Harptree
East Pennard
Emborough
Englishcombe
Evercreech
Farmborough
Farrington Gurney
Freshford
Glastonbury
Godney
Hemington
High Littleton
Hinton Blewett
Hinton Charterhouse
Holcombe
Huntspill
Ilminster
Kelston
Keynsham
Kilmersdon
Lamyat
Litton
Long Ashton
Lullington
Lyng
Marksbury
Meare
Midsomer Norton
Milton Clevedon
Monkton Combe
Nempnett Thrubwell
Newton St. Loe
North Stoke
North Wootton
Norton Malreward
Norton Radstock ( - 2011 )
Norton St. Philip
Nunney
Over Stowey
Paulton
Peasedown St. John
Pilton
Portishead
Priddy
Priston
Publow and Pensford
Pylle
Radstock
Rodney Stoke
Selwood
Shoscombe
South Stoke
Spaxton
St. Catherine
St. Cuthbert Out ( 1866 - )
Stogumber
Stoke St. Michael
Ston Easton
Stowey-Sutton
Stratton-on-the-Fosse
Swainswick
Taunton ( 710 - )
Tellisford
Timsbury
Trudoxhill
Ubley
Upton Noble
Walton
Wanstrow
Wedmore
Wellington
Wellow
Wells ( 500 - )
West Bradley
West Harptree
West Pennard
Westbury-sub-Mendip
Westfield
Weston-super-Mare
Whatley
Whitchurch
Williton
Witham Friary
Wookey
Wootton Courtenay
Yeovil
District council
Mendip ( 1974 - )
Sedgemoor ( 1974 - )
South Somerset ( 1974 - )
Taunton Deane ( 1974 - )
West Somerset ( 1974 - )
Former parish
Lyncombe and Widcombe
Hamlet
Adsborough
Adscombe
Bleadney
Burcott
Bury
Butleigh Wootton
Carlingcott
Charlton
Charterhouse-on-Mendip
Clapton (South Somerset)
Clapton (near Midsomer Norton)
Downside
Draycott
Dulcote
Gasper ( - 1895 )
Henton
Holwell
Hornblotton
Laverton
North Bradon
Norton Hawkfield
Queen Charlton
Rudge
South Bradon
Spargrove
Standerwick
Stone
Tunley
West Compton
Westcombe
Westholme
Worminster
Inhabited place
Abbas Combe
Abbots Leigh
Aisholt
Alcombe
Alford
Aller
Allerford
Allerton Chapel
Amoril
Angersleigh
Ansford
Ash Priors
Ash
Ashbrittle
Ashcott
Ashill
Ashington
Ashwick
Aston Morris
Axbridge
Babcary
Backwell
Badgworth
Baltonsborough
Banwell
Barrington
Barrow Gurney
Barton St David
Barwick
Batcombe
Bath
Bathampton
Bathealton
Batheaston
Bathford
Bawdrip
Bedminster
Beercrocombe
Belluton
Berkley
Berrow
Bickenhall
Bicknoller
Binegar
Bishop Sutton
Bishops Hull
Bishops Lydeard
Blackford
Blagdon
Bradford on Tone
Bratton Seymour
Bridgwater
Broadway
Brompton Regis
Bruton
Brympton
Buckland Dinham
Buckland St Mary
Burnett
Burnham-on-Sea
Burrowbridge
Butleigh
Cameley
Camerton
Cannington
Castle Cary
Chaffcombe
Chard
Charlcombe
Charlinch
Charlton Adam
Charlton Horethorne
Charlton Mackrell
Charlton Musgrove
Cheddar
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Chedzoy
Chelwood
Chew Magna
Chew Stoke
Chewton Mendip
Chilcompton
Chillington
Chilthorne Domer
Chilton Cantelo
Chipstable
Chiselborough
Churchstanton
Clapton in Gordano
Clatworthy
Claverton
Clevedon
Closworth
Clutton
Coleford
Combe Down
Combe Florey
Combe Hay
Combe St. Nicholas
Combe Throop
Combe
Comeytrowe
Compton Dundon
Compton Martin
Compton Pauncefoot
Congresbury
Coombe
Corfe
Corston
Corton Denham
Cothelstone
Coxley
Cranmore
Creech St. Michael
Crewkerne
Cricket St Thomas
Croscombe
Cucklington
Cudworth
Curland
Curry Mallet
Curry Rivel
Dinder
Dinnington
Ditcheat
Donyatt
Doulting
Dowlish Wake
Downhead
Drayton
Dulverton
Dunkerton
Dunster
Durston
East Chinnock
East Coker
East Cranmore
East Harptree
East Horrington
East Pennard
East Quantoxhead
Easton in Gordano
Emborough
Englishcombe
Evercreech
Exford
Falkland
Farleigh Hungerford
Farmborough
Farrington Gurney
Fitzhead
Fivehead
Flax Bourton
Freshford
Frome
Glastonbury
Godney
Halse
Hambridge
Hardington Mandeville
Haselbury Plucknett
Hatch Beauchamp
Hemington
Henstridge
High Ham
High Littleton
Highbridge
Hinton Blewett
Hinton Charterhouse
Hinton St George
Holcombe
Holton
Horrington
Horsington
Horton
Huish Episcopi
Huntspill
Ilchester
Ilminster
Ilton
Isle Abbots
Isle Brewers
Keinton Mandeville
Kelston
Keynsham
Kilmersdon
Kilmington
Kilve
Kingsbury Episcopi
Kingsdon
Kingston St Mary
Kingstone
Kingweston
Knowle St Giles
Lamyat
Langford Budville
Langport
Langridge
Limington
Litton
Long Load
Long Sutton
Lopen
Lovington
Low Ham
Lullington
Lydeard St Lawrence
Lyng
Maperton
Marksbury
Marston Magna
Martock
Meare
Merriott
Midford
Midsomer Norton
Milborne Port
Milton Clevedon
Milverton
Minehead
Misterton
Monkton Combe
Montacute
Muchelney
Nailsea
Nempnett Thrubwell
Nether Stowey
Newton St. Loe
North Brewham
North Cadbury
North Cheriton
North Curry
North Petherton
North Stoke
North Wootton
Northmoor Green
Norton Fitzwarren
Norton Malreward
Norton St. Philip
Nunney
Nynehead
Oake
Oakhill
Orchard Portman
Othery
Otterford
Over Stowey
Paulton
Peasedown St. John
Penselwood
Pensford
Pill
Pilton
Pitminster
Porlock
Portbury
Portishead
Priddy
Priston
Publow
Puriton
Pylle
Radstock
Rodney Stoke
Ruishton
Saltford
Sampford Arundel
Shapwick
Sheepway
Shepton Mallet
Shoscombe
Simonsbath
Somerton
South Brewham
South Cadbury
South Petherton
South Stoke
Sparkford
Spaxton
St. Catherine
Stanton Drew
Stanton Prior
Staple Fitzpaine
Staplegrove
Stawell
Stawley
Stogumber
Stogursey
Stoke St Gregory
Stoke St Mary
Stoke St. Michael
Ston Easton
Stowey
Stratton-on-the-Fosse
Street
Swainswick
Tellisford
Templecombe
Theale
Thornfalcon
Tickenham
Timsbury
Tolland
Trudoxhill
Trull
Tun Bridge
Ubley
Upton Noble
Vobster
Walton in Gordano
Walton
Wanstrow
Watchet
Wayford
Wedmore
Wellington
Wellow
Wells ( 500 - )
West Bagborough
West Bradley
West Buckland
West Harptree
West Hatch
West Monkton
West Pennard
Westbury-sub-Mendip
Westfield
Weston in Gordano
Weston-Zoyland
Weston-super-Mare
Westport
Whatley
Whitchurch
White Ball
Whitestaunton
Williton
Wincanton
Winscombe
Winsford
Witham Friary
Wiveliscombe
Wookey Hole
Wookey
Woolley
Wootton Courtenay
Wraxall
Wrington
Yarlington
Yatton
Yeovil
Yeovilton
Parish
Babington
Beckington
Brewham
Chantry ( 1846 - )
Cloford
Elm
Foxcote
Hardington
Leigh-upon-Mendip
Marston Bigot
Mells
Orchardleigh
Rimpton
Rodden
Rode
Wellow
Woolverton
Writhlington
Rural district
Axbridge (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Bath (rural) ( 1894 - 1933 )
Bathavon (rural) ( 1933 - 1974 )
Bridgwater (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Chard (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Clutton (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Dulverton (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Frome (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Keynsham (rural) ( 1894 - 1933 )
Langport (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Long Ashton (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Shepton Mallet (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Taunton (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Wellington (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Wells (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Williton (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Wincanton (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Yeovil (rural) ( 1894 - 1974 )
Settlement
Aville
Buckland
Suburb
Selwood
Twerton
Weston
Unitary authority
Bath and North East Somerset ( 1996 - )
North Somerset ( 1996 - )
Unknown
Bathpool
Biddisham
Blackford (near Milborne-Port)
Blackford (near Selworthy)
Bleadon
Bossington
Bourton
Bratton
Breane
Broadfield
Brockley
Brompton Ralph
Broomfield
Brushford
Burnham
Burrington
Burtle
Butcombe
Capland
Carhampton
Catcott
Chelvey
Chilton-Burtle
Chilton-Trinity
Chilton-upon-Polden
Christon
Churchill
Claverham
Cleeve
Combe-English
Combwich
Compton Bishop
Compton Dando
Compton Dunden
Cossington
Cricket-Malherbie
Cross
Crowcombe
Culbone
Cutcombe
Discove
Dodington
Dundry
Durleigh
Dyche
Earnshill
East Bagborough
East Brent
East Lambrook
East Lydford
Eastertown
Eastrip
Edington
Edstock and Beer
Egford
Elworthy
Enmore
Exmoor
Exton
Failand
Felton
Fiddington
Galhampton
Goathill
Goathurst
Greinton
Hadspen
Ham
Hawkridge
Heathfield
Hendford
Hillfarrance
Holford
Huish-Champflower
Hurcot
Hutton
Isle-Abbotts
Kenn
Kewstoke
Kilton
Kingston
Kingston-Seymour
Kittisford
Knighton Sutton
Knighton
Langport-Eastover
Leighland
Lilstock
Locking
Loxton
Luckham
Lufton
Luxborough
Lympsham
Lynch
Mark
Merridge
Middle Chinnock
Middlezoy
Milton
Milton-Podimore
Monksilver
Moorlinch
Mudford
Nether Ham
Nettlecombe
Newport
North Barrow
North Newton
North Perrott
Northover
Norton-under-Hamdon
Norwood Park
Nyland
Oare
Odcombe
Old Cleeve
Otterhampton
Panborough
Pawlett
Pendomer
Pightley
Pitcombe
Pitney
Plainsfield
Pointington
Preston-Plucknett
Puckington
Puxton
Queen Camel
Raddington
Reckleford
Redhill
Redlynch
Roadwater
Rodway
Rowberrow
Runnington
Sampford-Brett
Sandford
Sandford-Orcas
Seaborough
Seavington-St. Mary
Seavington-St. Michael
Selworthy
Shepton-Beauchamp
Shepton-Montague
Shipham
Shortwood
Shurton
Sidcot
Skilgate
Sock-Dennis
South Barrow
South Brent
South Cheriton
St. Decumans
St. Michaelchurch
Steep-Holm
Stewley
Stockland-Bristol
Stocklinch
Stocklinch-Magdalen
Stocklinch-Ottersay
Stoford
Stoke-Pero
Stoke-Trister
Stoke-under-Hamdon
Stowell
Stringston
Sutton-Bingham
Sutton-Mallett
Sutton-Montague
Swell
Tarnock
Tatworth
Thorne
Thorne-Coffin
Thorne-St. Margaret
Thurlbear
Thurloxton
Timberscombe
Tintinhull
Tivington
Treborough
Trent
Uphill
Upton
Wansdyke
Weare
Week
Week-St. Lawrence
Wembdon
West Camel
West Chinnock
West Coker
West Dowlish
West Luckham
West Lydford
West Quantoxhead
Westmoor
Weston-Bampfylde
Wheathill
White Lackington
White Staunton
Whitnell
Wilton
Winford
Winsham
Winterhay
Withiel-Florey
Withycombe
Withypoole
Woolavington
Woolston
Worle
Worston
Wyke-Champflower
Yarnfield
Yearnor
Urban district
Burnham-on-Sea
Clevedon
Crewkerne
Frome
Ilminster
Keynsham
Norton Radstock ( - 2011 )
Portishead
Shepton Mallet
Street
Watchet
Wellington
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

The ceremonial and non-metropolitan county of Somerset in South West England borders Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east, and Devon to the south-west. It is partly bounded to the north and west by the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the River Severn. Its traditional northern border was the River Avon, but the administrative boundary crept southwards with the creation and expansion of the City of Bristol. Bristol and Bath and the neighbouring rural districts were transferred to a new County of Avon in 1974. The new county was abolished in 1996 and succeeded by unitary authorities, two of which (North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset) have returned to Somerset on a ceremonial basis. Somerset's county town is Taunton, located in the south of the county.

Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills such as the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. There is evidence of human occupation from Palaeolithic times, and of subsequent settlement in the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The county played a significant part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred the Great (end of the 9th century), and later in the English Civil War (mid 1600s) and the Monmouth Rebellion.

Agriculture is a major business in the county. Sheep were farmed for wool as well as meat, and cattle dairying and cheese-making (most notably Cheddar), are traditional and contemporary endeavours, as is the more unusual cultivation of willow for basket weaving and as a green fuel. Apple orchards were once plentiful, and Somerset is still known for the production of strong cider. In the 19th century, coal mining was a substantial industry in Somerset, particularly in the area that is now Bath and North East Somerset, south of Bristol.

Unemployment is lower than the national average; the largest employment sectors are now retail, manufacturing, tourism, and health and social care. Population growth in the county is higher than the national average. (expanded in Wikipedia in the section "Demography")

Contents

Cities and towns

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Somerton took over from Ilchester as the county town in the late thirteenth century, but it declined in importance and the status of county town transferred to Taunton about 1366. The county has two cities, Bath and Wells, and only a small number of towns. The largest urban areas in terms of population are Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Yeovil and Bridgwater. In many cases there are villages which are larger than their neighbouring towns; the village of Cheddar, for example, has three times the population of the nearby town of Axbridge. Many settlements developed because of their strategic importance in relation to geographical features, such as river crossings or valleys in ranges of hills. Examples include Axbridge on the River Axe, Castle Cary on the River Cary, North Petherton on the River Parrett, and Ilminster, where there was a crossing point on the River Isle. Midsomer Norton lies on the River Somer; while the Wellow Brook and the Fosseway Roman road run through Radstock. Chard is the most southerly town in Somerset, and at an altitude of it is also the highest.

History

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Somerset., especially the sections entitled "History" and "Economy and Industry". There is a supplementary article History of Somerset, and another Somerset Coalmining.

County Divisions

Registration Districts

  • Axbridge
  • Bath
  • Bathavon
  • Beaminster
  • Bedminster
  • Bradford on Avon
  • Bridgwater
  • Chard
  • Clutton
  • Dulverton
  • Exmoor
  • Frome
  • Keynsham
  • Langport
  • Long Ashton
  • Mere
  • Norton Radstock
  • Shepton Mallet
  • Sherborne
  • Taunton
  • Tiverton
  • Wellington
  • Wells
  • Weston-super-Mare
  • Williton
  • Wincanton
  • Yeovil

Hundreds

  • Abdick and Bulstone
  • Andersfield
  • Bath Forum
  • Bemstone
  • Brent-cum-Wrington
  • Bruton
  • Cannington
  • Carhampton
  • Catash
  • Chew
  • Chewton
  • Crewkerne
  • Frome
  • Glaston Twelve Hides
  • Hampton
  • Hartcliffe
  • Horethorne
  • Houndsborough
  • Huntspill and Puriton
  • Keynsham
  • Kilmersdon
  • Kingsbury
  • Martock
  • Milverton
  • North Curry
  • North Petherton
  • Norton Ferris
  • Pitney
  • Portbury
  • Somerton
  • South Petherton
  • Stone
  • Taunton (or Taunton Dean)
  • Tintinhull
  • Wellow
  • Wells Forum
  • Whitley
  • Whitstone
  • Williton and Freemanners
  • Winterstoke

Non-Metropolitan Districts (since 1996)

Wikipedia has a map illustrating the relative locations of the districts at the bottom of the right hand panel.

Research Tips

Population

Throughout the county the population is often given for small civil parishes. The figure stated comes from the latest figures available from the Office for National Statistics and these are the populations from the 2001 census. A census was again taken in the spring of 2011, but these later statistics have not yet been released.

Archives and Libraries

  • 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. The Heritage Centre has an email address:archives@somerset.gov.uk.
  • Each Library in Somerset has its own web page. The index page to libraries leads to each of the libraries along with the facilities to be found there.
  • The Somerset pages of GENUKI contain a great amount of useful data and references to other websites. Some of the web links are not up to date.
  • The four family history societies covering parts of Somerset are:
source: Family History Library Catalog
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