Place:Berkley, Somerset, England

Alt namesBerkeleysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.241°N 2.277°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoFrome Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Frome Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Mendip District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia.

Berkley is a village and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 361. The village is north-east of Frome.


Historic Descriptions

1822 - Somersetshire delineated by Christopher & John Greenwood

A parish in the hundred of Frome, 2½ miles N.E. from Frome, containing 94 inhabited houses, and 109 families, 6O of whom are employed in agriculture. This parish is situated on the borders of Wiltshire, and extends to the river Frome westward. The lands are mostly pasture, and the soil various. The Rev. J. M. Rogers resides at Berkley-house; and about a mile and a half north is Standermck-court, the residence of H. F. E. Edgell, Esq. The church is a neat modern building, dedicated to St. Mary, built in 1751. Its dimensions are forty-one feet square; over the centre is an octagonal dome, supported by four Ionic columns, and terminated by a skylight; and at the westward is a neat tower, with ballustrade railing. The living is a rectory, in the deanery of Frome; the Rev. J. M. Rogers is both patron and incumbent. Population, 1801, 598 — 1811, 577 — 1821, 550, exclusive of Standerwick.

In the census of 1811, Berkley and Standerwick. made a joint return, but they have lately been separated, in consequence of a new county-rate arrangement; therefore, in addition to the above return, in 1821, Standerwick. contains 14 houses, 15 families, and 86 inhabitants, making the total population of Berkley, 636.

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

A parish in the hundred of Frome, in the county of Somerset, 3 miles to the E. of Frome, its post town. It is situated on the edge of Wiltshire, near the Wilts, Somerset, and Weymouth section of the Great Western railway. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells, of the value of £410, in the patronage of Sir C. Mordaunt, Bart. The church, which was erected in 1751, is dedicated to St. Mary. Alexander Barclay, author of "The Ship of Fools," was a native of this village. He died in 1552. Berkeley House is the principal residence.

1929 - Somerset by George Woosung Wade & Joseph Henry Wade

Berkley, a small village, 2½ m. N.E. from Frome. It possesses a "classical" church—a very unusual thing for a country village—date 1751. It is an odd little building, with a balustraded W. tower and a small central dome, said to have been copied from St Stephen's, Walbrook. Within is a monumental slab tracing the descent of the Newboroughs, from the time of the Conquest till 1680. Berkley House dates from the time of William III.

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

Online Transcriptions

Other Resources

Picture Gallery

Berkley Church
Berkley Church
Berkley School
Berkley School
Old Barn, Berkley
Old Barn, Berkley
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