Place:Long Load, Somerset, England

NameLong Load
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.008°N 2.764°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoMartock, Somerset, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry until 1895
Martock Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Yeovil Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Long Load (#15 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England, situated on the River Yeo 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Somerton. The village had a population of 332 in the UK census of 2011.

Long Load's association with the river is long standing. A bridge is known to have existed by 1335, while by 1448 there were wharves for the loading and unloading of cargoes from boats using the river. The current five-arch bridge has medieval origins, but was rebuilt in the 18th century and when widened in 1814 it cost of £452. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.

The river was the subject of the abortive Ivelchester and Langport Navigation in 1795 and, although the works were never completed, traffic on the river was sufficient for the coal merchants Stukey and Bagehot to establish a coal yard near the bridge by 1824. Water levels were improved by work on the river below Langport, and the 1841 census records that a salt house had been constructed. By then, 88 households lived in Long Load, including a boatman called William Gillett and his family, and another boatman who lived near the bridge. Cargoes arriving at the wharves included slates, bricks, tiles and coal, while the main export was timber.

For an explanation of the parish's name, see Wikipedia.

Image:Yeovil Rural 1900 small.png


Long Load was originally a chapelry in the northern part of Martock parish, the only parish in Martock Hundred (one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset). It became a civil parish in 1895 and until 1974 it was part of the Yeovil 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. Long Load joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District which covers the which covers the southeast corner of Somerset.

Research Tips An article on the parish of Martock and its chapelries] 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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