Place:Corton Denham, Somerset, England

NameCorton Denham
Alt namesCorton-Denhamsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.001°N 2.522°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoHorethorne Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district municipality covering the area since 1974
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Corton Denham (#11 on map) is a civil parish and a village of the same name in Somerset, England, situated 7 miles northeast of Yeovil. The parish had a population of 189 in the UK census of 2011.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"CORTON-DENHAM, a parish in Wincanton [registration] district, Somerset; 2¼ miles E of Marston [railway] station, and 4 N of Sherborne. Post town: Marston-Magna, under Sherborne. Acres: 1,371. Real property, with Sandford-Orcas: £5,232. Population: 413. Houses: 82.
"The property is divided among a few. Roman coins have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £320. Patron: Lord Portman. The church is Norman and good: consists of nave, aisle, chancel, and porch, with a tower; and contains an ancient font. There is a Wesleyan chapel."


Corton Denham 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. Corton Denham joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Image:Wincanton Rural 1900 small.png

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Corton Denham.
  • An article on Corton Denham 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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