Place:Ashington, Somerset, England

TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.0003°N 2.607°W
Located inSomerset, England     ( - 1933)
See alsoStone Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Yeovil Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1933
Chilton Cantelo, Somerset, Englandparish into which Ashington was absorbed in 1933
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district in existence since 1974 which includes Ashington

The following description of Ashington (#2 on map) from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"ASHINGTON, a parish in Yeovil [registration] district, Somerset; on the river Yeo, and on the Durston and Yeovil railway, 3½ miles N of Yeovil. Post Town: Ilchester under Taunton. Acres: 554. Real property, with Draycott: £1,957. Population: 57. Houses: 10. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £162. Patron: not reported. The church is good."

Ashington remained a separate civil parish until 1933 when it was absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Chilton Cantelo. Ashington was a parish in the ancient hundred of Stone and from 1894 until 1933 part of the Yeovil Rural District. The expanded Chilton Cantelo is now located in the South Somerset District.

The Church of Saint Vincent, in Ashington, is from the 13th century.

Image:Yeovil Rural 1900 small.png

Research Tips

  • 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