Place:Queen Camel, Somerset, England

NameQueen Camel
Alt namesNether Adbersource: Family History Library Catalog
Walessource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.0203°N 2.578°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
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Queen Camel (#25 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England. It is located on the River Cam and on the A359 road, about 7 miles (11.3 km) north of Yeovil (not on map). The parish includes the hamlet of Wales. Nearby parishes are Sparkford (#31), West Camel and Marston Magna (neither on map). According to the 2011 UK census it had a population of 908.

The name "Camel" derives not from the animal but from "cantmael", the name of the place in the 10th century. The "Queen" in the village's name is probably Queen Eleanor (1221-1293), the wife of King Henry III, who owned land in the area in the 13th century.

In 1202 the manor was granted to Hubert de Burgh, by King John, who gave it to the monks of Cleeve Abbey. It later returned to the crown and in 1275 was known as Camel Regis. In 1558 it was granted to Sir Walter Mildmay, whose family retained it until 1929. The Mildmay family lived at Hazlegrove House, a substantial 17th-century house which was largely rebuilt by Carew Mildmay in 1730.

The Church of St Barnabas, reached from a cobbled lane, has a lofty tower, built in five stages. The church houses the second heaviest set of six bells in Europe. The Anglican parish church dates from the 14th century with the first recorded rector being in 1317. It contains memorials to many of the Mildmay family and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.

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Queen Camel 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. Queen Camel joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District. For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Queen Camel.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Queen Camel
  • 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, does not currently (2021) provide details on all the parishes and chapelries of Catsash 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
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