Place:Rimpton, Somerset, England

TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.994°N 2.558°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoHorethorne Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located until 1735
Taunton and Taunton Deane Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Yeovil Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Rimpton (#28 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Sherborne in Dorset, and 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Yeovil, Somerset on a tributary of the River Parret. It had a population of 235 in the UK census of 2011.

The parish church of St. Mary dates from the early 13th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.


Until 1735 the parish of Rimpton was part of the Horethorne Hundred one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset. From then it was considered part of Taunton Deane Hundred, although it was some distance from the rest of the hundred. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of the Yeovil 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. Rimpton joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District which covers the southeast corner of Somerset.

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Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Rimpton.
  • An article on Rimpton 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