Place:Stowell, Somerset, England

TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.998°N 2.454°W
Located inSomerset, England     ( - 1933)
See alsoHorethorne Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1933
Charlton Horethorne, Somerset, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1933

The following description of Stowell (#33 on map) is from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72, provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"STOWELL, a parish in Wincanton [registration] district, Somerset; 1½ mile W of Temple-Combe [railway]] station, and 4½ SSW of Wincanton. Post town: Wincanton, under Bath. Acres: 902. Rated property: £1,279. Population: 133. Houses: 31. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £220. Patrons: the Representatives of W. M. Dorrington, Esq. The church was built in 1834.

Stowell was a parish in the Horethorne Hundred and from 1894 until 1933 in Wincanton Rural District. In 1933 it was merged with its northern neighbouring parish of Charlton Horethorne (#9). At that time it had a population of 73.

Charlton Horethorne is now in the South Somerset District.

The parish church in Stowell is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

There is no article in Wikipedia.

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Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Stowell.
  • An article on Stowell 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