Place:Pitcombe, Somerset, England

Alt namesColesource: hamlet in parish
Godminstersource: hamlet in parish
Hadspensource: hamlet in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.099°N 2.466°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoBruton Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bruton, Somerset, Englandancient parish in which it a chapelry
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Pitcombe (#25 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England, 1 mile (2 km) southwest of Bruton (#7) and 5 miles (8 km) from Wincanton (#37) in Somerset, England. It was originally a tything and a chapelry in Bruton ancient or ecclesiastical parish. The parish includes the hamlets of Cole, Godminster and Hadspen and had a population of 532 in the UK census of 2011.

The church, dedicated to St Leonard, has a 15th-century tower at the west end containing six bells. The church was rebuilt, with the exception of its tower, in 1858. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.

The village lies on the River Pitt and other streams that flow into the River Brue. The name Pitcombe means "the marshy valley".

In the Domesday Book of 1086 the manor was held by Turstin FitzRolf and had two watermills.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Pitcombe. Various notes under the heading "Landmarks".


Pitcombe was originally a parish in the Norton Ferris 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. Pitcombe joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Image:Wincanton Rural 1900 small.png

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Pitcombe.
  • An article on Pitcombe 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
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