Place:Henstridge, Somerset, England

Alt namesYenstonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.974°N 2.393°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
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Henstridge (#14 on map) is a civil parish and a village of the same name in Somerset, England, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Sherborne, near the border with the county of Dorset. The parish includes the hamlet of Yenston. The parish had a population of 1,814 in the UK census of 2011.

The village is situated at the junction of the A30 and A357 roads. Henstridge railway station was on the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, and is now the location of the Gartell Light Railway.

Yenston Priory was a 16th-century house of Benedictine monks. The parish church of St. Nicholas dates from the 12th century, but was largely rebuilt in 1872–3 by J.M Allen. The two former chapels in the High Street are now private residences.

Inwood house was built in 1881 by the Welsh industrialist Thomas Merthyr Guest on the site of an earlier house. The circular crenellated water tower was retained, as was the small doric Temple of Laocoon and an Oriental Summerhouse. Guest married the writer Lady Theodora Guest who died here in 1924.

Just east of the village is Henstridge Airfield. It was built during World War II as a training base for the Fleet Air Arm, who commissioned it as "HMS Dipper".


Henstridge 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. Henstridge joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

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Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Henstridge.
  • An article on Henstridge 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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