Place:Thorne Coffin, Somerset, England

NameThorne Coffin
Alt namesThorne-Coffinsource: from redirect
Thornesource: name change in 1884
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.956°N 2.676°W
Located inSomerset, England     ( - 1933)
See alsoTintinhull Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Yeovil Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1933
Brympton, Somerset, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1933
South Somerset District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Thorne Coffin (#33 on map) was an ancient parish in the Tintinhull Hundred. In 1866 it became a civil parish, which was abolished in 1933 and absorbed into the civil parish of Brympton (#4).

Thorne Coffin's name was changed to Thorne in 1884. (Source: Victoria History of the County of Somerset)

The Church of St Andrew, the parish church of Thorne Coffin, was built in the 14th century. It is a Grade II* listed building.

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

"THORNE-COFFIN, a parish in Yeovil [registration] district, Somerset; 2¾ miles NW of Yeovil [railway] station. Post town: Yeovil. Acres: 410. Rated property: £1,039. Population: 99. Houses: 20. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £200. Patron: the Rev. H. Helyar. The church is ancient but good."
Image:Yeovil Rural 1900 small.png

Research Tips

  • GENUKI page on Thorne Coffin.
  • An article on Thorne Coffin from the Victoria History of the Counties of England – History 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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