Place:Ash, Somerset, England

Alt namesMilton (in Ash)source: hamlet in parish
Witcombesource: hamlet in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates50.98°N 2.75°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoMartock, Somerset, Englandparish of which it was a chapelry
Martock Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Yeovil Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district in existence since 1974 which includes Ash
NOTE: There is also a hamlet named Ash in the parish of Thornfalcon in the Taunton Deane District of Somerset. There are also a number of places in Devon (next county west of Somerset) with "Ash" in the name.)

The hamlet of Milton (in Ash) is so-named to distinguish it from Milton (near Weston super Mare).

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

Ash (#1 on map) is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated 1 mile (1.6 km) from Martock and 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Yeovil in the South Somerset District. The parish had a population of 626 in 2011 UK census. The parish includes the hamlets of Milton (in Ash) and Witcombe (redirected here).

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Ash from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1871-72:

"ASH, a hamlet and a chapelry in Martock parish, Somerset. The hamlet stands near the Durston and Yeovil railway, 3 miles SW of Ilchester. Population: 322.
"The chapelry includes the hamlet, and was constituted in 1845. Post Town: Martock under Ilminster. Population: 580. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £62. Patron: the Vicar of Martock."

Ash was a chapelry in the parish of Martock until it became a separate parish in 1895. At this time it was made part of Yeovil Rural District. There is no mention of the hamlets of Milton and Witcombe in A Vision of Britain through Time, but they are shown on the Ordnance Survey Map of Somerset of 1900.

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Ash was originally a chapelry in the Martock Hundred, one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of the Yeovil Rural District.

In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, all urban and rural districts across England were abolished and counties were reorganized into metropolitan and non-metropolitan districts. Ash joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District which covers the north-central section of Somerset.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Ash.
  • The Victoria History of the Counties of EnglandHistory of the County of Somerset, produced by The Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, does not provide any details on the parish and chapelries of Marton Hundred.
  • 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
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