Place:Weston Bampfylde, Somerset, England

NameWeston Bampfylde
Alt namesWeston-Bampfyldesource: hyphenated
Weston Bampfieldsource: Wikipedia
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.035°N 2.565°W
Located inSomerset, England     ( - 1933)
See alsoCatsash Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Wincanton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1933
Sparkford, 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 Weston Bampfylde (#35 on map) from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"WESTON-BAMPFYLDE, a parish in Wincanton [registration] district, Somerset; 1 mile SSE of Sparkford [railway] station, and 5 SSW of Castle-Cary. Post town: Ilchester, under Taunton. Acres: 631. Rated property: £1,169. Population: 146. Houses: 30. The property is not much divided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value: £208. Patron: the Rev. T. S. Hellier. The church is old. Charities, £11."

The Church of the Holy Cross in Weston Bampfylde was built in the 13th century. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Weston Bampfylde was an ancient parish and a civil parish until 1933 when it was absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Sparkford. Weston Bampfylde was part of the hundred of Carhampton and the Wincanton Rural District (1894-1933). Sparkford is now in the South Somerset District.

Image:Wincanton Rural 1900 small.png

Research 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