Place:Northover, Somerset, England

TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.005°N 2.68°W
Located inSomerset, England     ( - 1933)
See alsoTintinhull Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Yeovil Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Ilchester, Somerset, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1933
NOTE: Do not confuse this former parish of Northover, adjacent to Ilchester, with the hamlet of Northover which is within the boundaries of the town of Glastonbury 10 miles (16 Km) to the north.

The following description of Northover (#22 on map) is from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"NORTHOVER, a parish, with a village, in Yeovil [registration] district, Somerset: on the river Yeo and the Fosse way, suburban to Ilchester. Post-town: Ilchester, under Taunton. Acres: 436. Rated property: £851. Population: 122. Houses: 20. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to J. L. Burnard, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £123. Patron: Miss Chichester. The church is old but good; and consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower."


Northover was originally a parish in the Tintinhull Hundred, one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset. From 1894 until 1933 it was part of the Yeovil Rural District.

In 1933 Northover was absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Ilchester.

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. Ilchester joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District which covers the southeast corner of Somerset.

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Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Northover.
  • An article on Northover from the Victoria History of the Counties of England – History 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