Place:Horsington, Somerset, England

Alt namesSouth Cheritonsource: village in parish
Peckholdsashsource: hamlet in parish
Wilkin Throopsource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.013°N 2.426°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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Horsington (#16 on map) is a civil parish and a village of the same name in Somerset, England, situated 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Wincanton and 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Abbas Combe in the South Somerset District. The village lies on the edge of Horsington Marsh, part of the Blackmore Vale. In the UK census of 2011 the population of the parish, which includes the adjoining hamlets of Peckholdsash and Wilkin Throop and the village of South Cheriton, was 571.

Horsington Manor was owned by the Gowens family from the 16th century until 1653, and from 1748 by Matthew Spencer who built the manor house. Spencer's son sold it to the Bailward family. Large quantities of documents relating to Horsington Manor have been donated to the Somerset Record Office for safe-keeping. Horsington House, now in private hands, is another country house in the parish.

The parish Church of St John the Baptist was originally a 15th-century building, on the site of an earlier church, but was largely rebuilt in 1885–1887. The first recorded Rector was in 1305. It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.


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

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Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Horsington.
  • An article on Horsington 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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