Place:Barton St. David, Somerset, England

NameBarton St. David
Alt namesBarton St Davidsource: from redirect
Barton-St. Davidsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.084°N 2.657°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoCatsash Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Langport Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Barton St. David (#4 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England. It is situated on the River Brue 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Glastonbury (not on map) and 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Somerton (#27). According to the UK census of 2011, the parish had a population of 561.

Barton St. David was the birthplace of Henry Adams (1583–1646), who, after their marriage in nearby Charlton Mackrell, emigrated with his wife Edith and nine children to the new colonies in Massachusetts. He was the great-great-grandfather of John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States. He was also the great-great-great-grandfather of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. There is a plaque in the parish church which commemorates this link.

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Barton St. David was part of the hundred of Catsash, one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of the Langport Rural District. It is north of the parish of Keinton Mandeville (#18).

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. Barton St. David became part of the non-metropolitan South Somerset District in 1974.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Barton St. David.
  • 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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