In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ashill like this:
ASHILL, a village and a parish in Chard district, Somerset. The village stands near Chard canal, and near the Chard and Taunton railway, 4 miles NW of Ilminster, and 8 SSE of Taunton. It has a post office under Ilminster, and fairs on Easter-Wednesday, and on 12 Sept. or the following Wednesday. The parish comprises 1,790 acres. Real property, £3,324. Pop., 445. Houses, 92. The property is much subdivided. A spring which ebbs and flows is near the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £300.* Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is ancient, and was recently restored.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Ashill has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Somerset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ashill and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ashill in South Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st April 2014
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