Place:Compton Pauncefoot, Somerset, England

NameCompton Pauncefoot
Alt namesCompton-Pauncefootsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.037°N 2.508°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoCatsash 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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Compton Pauncefoot (#11 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England, situated beside the A303 major road, 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Wincanton.

Since April 1933 the civil parish also includes the village of Blackford (located one mile to the east) and the current population is based on the two villages together. The parish had a population of 139 in 2011. Being so small, the civil parish holds a Parish Meeting twice a year and has no parish council.

There are approximately 35 houses in the village of Compton Pauncefoot and a similar number in Blackford.

Until 1933 Blackford was a separate civil parish and can be found here in WeRelate as Blackford (near Milborne Port) because there are two other small places named Blackford in Somerset.

Compton Pauncefoot was part of the hundred of Catsash and the Wincanton Rural District (1894-1974).

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Compton Pauncefoot.

Image:Wincanton Rural 1900 small.png


Compton Pauncefoot was originally a parish in the Catsash 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. Compton Pauncefoot joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Research Tips

  • Pauncefoot GENUKI page on Compton Pauncefoot
  • The Victoria History of the Counties of EnglandHistory of the County of Somerset, produced by The Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, provides details for only some of the parishes and chapelries of Catsash Hundred. This volume is the most recently published and there may be more parishes covered in the next volume.
  • 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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