Place:Charlton Horethorne, Somerset, England

NameCharlton Horethorne
Alt namesCharlton-Horethornesource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.009°N 2.479°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoHorethorne Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district in which Charlton Horethorne situated 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district in existence since 1974 which includes Charlton Horethorne
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia.

Charlton Horethorne (#9 on map) is a civil parish with a village of the same name in Somerset, England, situated five miles northeast of Sherborne in Dorset and five miles southwest of Wincanton. Since 1933 the parish has also included the former parish of Stowell situated to the south. In the UK census of 2011 the village had a population of 591.

The village lies on the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath that approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.

The 12th-century Church of St Peter and St Paul acquired its two-stage tower in the late 15th century.

The Manor Farm House in Horse Lane was built as the local manor house in 1608.

RNAS Charlton Horethorne (HMS Heron II) was a Royal Naval Air Service station in nearby Sigwells. It opened in 1942 as a flying training base under the administrative care of HMS Heron at Yeovilton. It closed in 1948 and has since been returned to agricultural use (not on current maps). For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Charlton Horethorne.

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

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Charlton Horethorne.
  • An article on Charlton Horethorne from the Victoria History of the Counties of England – History 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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