Place:Bratton Seymour, Somerset, England

NameBratton Seymour
Alt namesBratton-Seymoursource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.066°N 2.467°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoNorton Ferris Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974
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Bratton Seymour (#5 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England, situated on a tributary of the River Brue 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Castle Cary (#8) and 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Wincanton (#37) in the South Somerset District. The parish had a population of 104 in the UK census of 2011.

Bratton manor was held, like Wincanton, by Alfsi in 1066 and by Walter of Douai by the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, when it was known as "Broctune" meaning "settlement on the brook". In the late 12th century land in the parish was given to Bruton Abbey, and later the lords of the manor were the Seymour family, whose name was incorporated into the village name.

The Anglican parish Church of St Nicholas has Saxon origins. It was originally dedicated to St. Giles, and has also been known as Holy Trinity Church. It is designated as a Grade II* listed building.

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Bratton Seymour was originally a parish in the Norton Ferris Hundred, one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of the Wincanton 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. Bratton Seymour joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Bratton Seymour.
  • An article on Bratton Seymour from the Victoria History of the Counties of EnglandHistory of the County of Somerset, produced by The Institute of Historical Research.
  • 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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