Place:North Cadbury, Somerset, England

NameNorth Cadbury
Alt namesGalhamptonsource: village in parish
Woolstonsource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.0456°N 2.522°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoCatsash Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

NOTE: The neighbouring parishes of North and South Cadbury are in Somerset, but the parish simply named Cadbury is in Devon, the county to the west.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

North Cadbury (#22 on map) is now a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England. Since 1974 it has shared its parish council with nearby Yarlington (#38). North Cadbury parish includes the village of Galhampton and the hamlet of Woolston. According to the UK census of 2011, the parish had a population of 950.

The name Cadbury means "Cada's fort" and refers to Cadbury Castle.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CADBURY (North), a village and a parish in Wincanton [registration] district, Somerset. The village stands on an eminence, 2 miles NE of Sparkford [railway] station, and 5 WSW of Wincanton; and has a post office under Bath. The parish includes also the hamlets of Galhampton and Woolston. Acres: 2,810. Real property: £7,220. Population: 997. Houses: 236. The manor belonged to the Newmarshes, the Botreauxes, and the Hungerfords; and passed to the Bennetts. The manor house was built in 1581, by the third Earl of Huntingdon. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £700. Patron: Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The church was built, in the time of Henry VI., by the Botreauxes; and contains several ancient monuments. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school. Ralph Cudworth was rector."

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article North Cadbury. Contains a long summary of local medieval history. Some of the de Moels family have been traced here in WeRelate.

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North Cadbury was originally a parish in the Catsash 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. North Cadbury joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on North Cadbury
  • The Victoria History of the Counties of EnglandHistory of the County of Somerset, produced by The Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, provides details for only some of the parishes and chapelries of Catash Hundred.
  • 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