Place:Wanstrow, Somerset, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.174°N 2.415°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoFrome Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Frome Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Mendip District, Somerset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Wanstrow is a village and civil parish 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Frome in the Mendip District of Somerset, England. Since 1933 the parish includes the village of Cloford. According to the UK census of 2011, the parish had a population of 489.

The parish was part of the hundred of Frome and the Frome Rural District (1894-1974).

The village was involved in the production of coarse earthenware, using clay dug on Wanstrow Common, until 1826.


Historic Descriptions

1822 - Somersetshire Delineated by Christopher and John Greenwood

A parish in the hundred of Frome, 6 miles S. W. from Frome; containing, with the hamlet of Weston, 64 inhabited houses, and 93 families, 60 of whom are employed in agriculture. The church is dedicated to St. Mary, and consists of a nave, chancel, and two side aisles, with a tower containing five bells. The living is a rectory, in the deanery of Frome; Rev. Thomas Valentine, incumbent; instituted 1818. Population, 1801, 325—1811, 365—1821, 397.

1875 - Somersetshire edited by Edward Robert Kelly

WANSTROW is a village, and station on the branch from Witham to Wells on the Great Western railway, 123 miles from London, 5 north-east from Bruton, and 6 from Frome (its nearest market town), in the Eastern division of the county, eastern division of Frome hundred, Frome union, county court district, and rural deanery, Wells archdeaconry, and diocese of Bath and Wells, situated, on the high road from Bruton to Frome. The church of St. Mary is a stone building, in the Early English style, having a chancel, nave, aisles, transept, tower with 5 bells, porch, and organ. The register is supposed to date from about the year 1628. The living is a rectory, yearly value £360. with residence and 60 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Mrs. C. S. Clarke, and held by the Rev. Cicero Babbitts, B.A., of Worcester College, Oxford, non-resident; the Rev. Christopher Bousfield, M.A., of Queen's College, Oxford, is curate in charge. There is a National school for boys and girls, where a Sunday school is also held; also chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists. Mrs. C. S. Clarke, who is lady of the manor, and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners are the chief landowners. The soil is principally clay, and the subaoil stone and clay, but the latter predominates. The land is pasture, and a little arable, and dairy farming is carried on very extensively. The acreage is 2,054; gross estimated rental, £3,757 2s. 3d.; rateable value, 3,377 9s. 8d.; the population in 1871 was 396.

1929 - Somerset by George Woosung Wade & Joseph Henry Wade

Wanstrow, a village 6 m. S.W. of Frome, with a station on the G.W.R. branch to Wells. The church is ancient, but without interest.

Research Tips

General Somerset Tips

  • 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

Other Resources

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