Place:Milborne Port, Somerset, England

NameMilborne Port
Alt namesKingsbury-Regissource: Family History Library Catalog
Milborne-Portsource: Family History Library Catalog
Kingsbury Regissource: hamlet in parish
Milborne Wicksource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.967°N 2.45°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

Milborne Port (#19 on map) is a civil parish with a village of the same name in Somerset, England. In the UK census of 2011 it had a population of 2,802. The parish includes the hamlets of Milborne Wick and Kingsbury Regis. It is on the border with the county of Dorset and the nearest town is Sherborne in that county.

The village is surrounded by green fields and countryside on the banks of the River Gascoigne, a tributary of the River Ivel or River Yeo.

Between 997 and 1035, in the Saxon period, Milborne Port was important as a mint town. It is one of at least nineteen mint towns which were neither an Alfredian borough nor an eleventh-century shire town, but a minster site. The market was the most profitable in Somerset in 1086,and the town was eighth in the county tax collection in 1340. The "port" in the towns name signifies an important market town and was first recorded in 1249.

Milborne Port was one of the rotten boroughs which lost its seat in Parliament in the Reform Act 1832.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Milborne Port. This is a series of brief notes about events in the parish's history.


Milborne Port 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. Milborne Port joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Image:Wincanton Rural 1900 small.png

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Milborne Port.
  • An article on Milborne Port 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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