Place:Sedgemoor District, Somerset, England

NameSedgemoor District
TypeDistrict municipality
Coordinates51.28°N 3°W
Located inSomerset, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBridgwater, Somerset, Englandborough covered by Sedgmoor District Council since 1974
Burnham on Sea, Somerset, Englandurban district covered by Sedgmoor District Council since 1974
Bridgwater Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district council covered by Sedgmoor District Council since 1974
Axbridge Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district council covered by Sedgmoor District Council since 1974
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Sedgemoor is a local government district in Somerset, England formed on April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal borough of Bridgwater, the Burnham on Sea Urban District, Bridgwater Rural District and part of Axbridge Rural District. The district covers a larger area than the historical Sedgemoor (described below), extending north of the Polden Hills across the Somerset Levels to the Mendip Hills.

Sedgemoor is a low-lying area of land south of the Polden Hills, an historically largely marsh (or "moor" in its older sense). The eastern part is known as King's Sedgemoor, and the western part West Sedgemoor. It is part of the area now known as the Somerset Levels. Historically the area was known as the site of the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685, the last battle of the Monmouth Rebellion.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Sedgemoor. including lists of the towns, villages and parishes making up the area.

Research Tips

Archives and Libraries

  • 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. The Heritage Centre has an email
  • Each Library in Somerset has its own web page. The index page to libraries leads to each of the libraries along with the facilities to be found there.
  • The Somerset pages of GENUKI contain a great amount of useful data and references to other websites. Some of the web links are not up to date.
  • The four family history societies covering parts of Somerset are:
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