Place:Frome Hundred, Somerset, England

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NameFrome Hundred
TypeHundred
Located inSomerset, England

GENUKI provides the following description of Frome Hundred from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868):

"FROME HUNDRED, one of the 20 hundreds or subdivisions of county Somerset, situated in the eastern part of the county, and bounded on the N. by the hundred of Wellow, on the E. by the county of Wilts, on the S. by the hundred of Norton Ferrers, and on the W. by the hundred of Kelmersdon. It comprises the borough of Frome-Selwood, and the parishes of Beckington, Berkeley, Cloford, East Cranmore, Elm, Laverton, Leigh, Luddington, Marston-Bigott, Mells, Nunney, Orchardleigh, Road, Rodden, Standerwick, Wanstrow, Whatley, Witham-Friary, and Woolverton. The hundred contains an area of 37,620 acres."

Frome Hundred is on the eastern boundary of Somerset where it meets with Wiltshire.

A map of the hundreds of Somerset dated 1832 provided by A Vision of Britain through Time.

List of Parishes

ParishDescriptionRural District (1894-1974)
Beckington ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Berkley ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Cloford ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
East Cranmore chapelry, civil parish Shepton Mallet Rural District
Elm ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Frome ancient parish, civil parish urban district
Laverton ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Leigh upon Mendip chapelry, civil parish Frome Rural District
Lullington ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Marston Bigot ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Mells ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Nunney ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Orchardleigh ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Rodden chapelry, civil parish Frome Rural District
Rode ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Selwood chapelry, civil parish Frome Rural District
Standerwick ancient parish, civil parish redirected to Beckington
Wanstrow ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Whatley ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Witham Friary parochial liberty, ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District
Woolverton ancient parish, civil parish Frome Rural District

Research Tips

  • 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: archives@somerset.gov.uk.
  • 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