Place:Shepton Montague, Somerset, England

NameShepton Montague
Alt namesShepton-Montaguesource: from redirect
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.081°N 2.465°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoNorton Ferris Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974
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Shepton Montague (#27 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England. It is situated on the River Pitt midway between Wincanton (#37), Bruton (#7) and Castle Cary (#8). The parish population in the UK census of 2011 was 208.

The parish Church of Saint Peter has 13th-century origins and has been designated as a Grade II listed building. It was seriously damaged by a fire in 1964 and restored two years later.

The parish is known for its dairy farming and is one of the country's main centres of organic farming.

The first part of the name originates from "Sheep Town". The second part comes from the family of Drew (Drogo) de Montagu, who held the manor under the count of Mortain, from the Norman invasion until 1421. From 1765 the manor was held by the Phelps family of Montacute, a parish 4 miles west of Yeovil, Somerset.


Shepton Montague 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. Shepton Montague joined the non-metropolitan South Somerset District.

Image:Wincanton Rural 1900 small.png

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Shepton Montague.
  • An article on Shepton Montague 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
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