Place:Shoscombe, Somerset, England

TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.307°N 2.418°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoBathavon (rural), Somerset, Englandrural district in which Shoscombe situated 1889-1974
Wansdyke, Avon, Englanddistrict in which Shoscombe located 1974-1996
Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Englandunitary authority which took over from Avon on its abolition in 1996

Shoscombe is a small village and civil parish in the valley of the Wellow Brook in north-east Somerset, about seven miles south of Bath. It had a population of over 450 in 2001 (last published census).

There was a coal mine in Shoscombe from 1828 until the 1850s. (source:Wikipedia). It was one of the Writhlington Collieries. From 1929 until the line closed in 1966, Shoscombe had a railway station, Shoscombe and Single Hill Halt, on the main line of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.

Research Tips

  • The writer has not found a date when Schoscombe became a parish, but it is assumed to be in the 20th century. It is not listed in GENUKI. The previous parish is also not known.
  • 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

Old Maps

Family History Catalog references are for Shoscombe and Single Hill, repsectively.

source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog