Place:Sutton Montis, Somerset, England

NameSutton Montis
Alt namesSutton-Montaguesource: Family History Library Catalog (hyphenated)
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.028°N 2.524°W
Located inSomerset, England     ( - 1933)
See alsoCatsash Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1933
South Cadbury, Somerset, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1933
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Sutton Montis (#34 on map) from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"SUTTON-MONTAGUE, or [Sutton]-Montis, a parish in Wincanton [registration] district, Somerset; 1½ mile SE of Sparkford [railway] station, and 5 N by W of Sherborne. It has a postal pillar-box under Ilchester. Acres: 508. Rated property: £1,225. Population: 155. Houses: 37. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £302. Patron: Mrs. B. Leach. The church is partly Norman."

The two names Sutton Montis and Sutton Montague seem to have been used interchangeably by FamilySearch. Other sources use Sutton Montis. Sutton Montis was a separate civil parish until 1933 when it was abolished and absorbed into South Cadbury (#30).

Sutton Montis parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It has Saxon origins and includes surviving work of the 12th century. It is a Grade I listed building. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Sutton Montis was part of the hundred of Catsash and the Wincanton Rural District (1894-1933). South Cadbury is now part of the South Somerset District.

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Research Tips

  • Montis GENUKI page on Sutton Montis
  • The Victoria History of the Counties of EnglandHistory of the County of Somerset, produced by The Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, does not provide any details on the parishes and chapelries of the southern part of Catsash Hundred.
  • 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