Place:Bruton, Somerset, England

Alt namesDiscovesource: tything in parish
Redlynchsource: hamlet in parish
Wyke Champflowersource: hamlet in parish
Wyke-Champflowersource: hyphenated
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.117°N 2.45°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoBruton Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Bruton (#7 on map) is a civil parish and a small town in Somerset, England, situated on the River Brue along the A359 road between Frome and Yeovil. It is 7 miles southeast of Shepton Mallet, just south of Snakelake Hill and Coombe Hill, 10 miles northwest of Gillingham, Dorset and 12 miles southwest of Frome. The parish includes the tything of Dishcove or Dishcove and the hamlets of Wyke Champflower and Redlynch and had a population of 2,907 in the UK census of 2011.

Bruton station is situated on the Great Western Main Line (often referred to as the Berks and Hants route) between Westbury and Taunton although the stretch between Westbury and Castle Cary is also part of the Heart of Wessex line and is only served by rail services between Bristol and Weymouth.

Both the 14th-century Church of St Mary, and the Church of the Holy Trinity in Wyke Champflower, dated at 1623, are Grade I listed buildings.

John Wesley preached in Bruton in 1776. A Methodist chapel at West End was opened in 1848.

Bruton has a museum dedicated to the display of items from Bruton's past from the Jurassic geology right up to the present day. The museum houses a table used by the author John Steinbeck to write on during his six-month stay in Bruton.

The River Brue has a long history of flooding in Bruton. In 1768 the river rose very rapidly and destroyed a stone bridge. On the 28 June 1917, 242.8 mm of rain fell in 24 hours at Bruton, leaving a water mark on one pub twenty feet above the normal level of the river. In 1984 a protective dam was built 1 km upstream from the town.

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Bruton was originally a parish in the Bruton 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. Bruton joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Bruton.
  • An article on Bruton from the Victoria History of the Counties of England – History of the County of Somerset, produced by The Institute of Historical Research.
  • A Vision of Britain Through Time for a description of Discove.
  • 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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