North Petherton  Somerset


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described North Petherton like this:

PETHERTON (North), a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Somerset. The village stands1½ mile W of the Taunton canal, and 2½ S by W of Bridgewater r. station; consists of a main street, and a few smaller streets; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a post-office under Bridgewater, and fairs on 1 May and Monday before 13 Nov. ...

The parish includes the chapelry of North Newton, the tythings of Petherton-Limit, Town-Denison, Buckland-Fee, and Woolmersdon, and the hamlets of Huntworth, West Newton, Shearston, Tuckerton, Moorland, and Bankland; extends eastwardbeyond the river Parret; and is in Bridgewater district. Acres, 10, 336. Real property, £20, 506. Pop. in 1851, 3, 845; in 1861, 3, 943. Houses, 825. The property is much subdivided. The manor, with Maunsel Grange, belongs to Sir A. F. A. Slade, Bart. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £900.* Patron, the Rev. J. W. Robinson. The church is fine later English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with two porches and a lofty tower; and has a pulpitresting on the shoulders of a human figure carved instone. The p. curacies of North Newton and North-moor-Green are separate benefices. There are national schools, a British school, a school endowment of £46a year, and charities £9. The sub-district excludesthe small section of the parish beyond the Parret; and includes all the rest of the parish, and five other parishes. Pop., 5, 305. Houses, 1,080. The hundredcontains eight parishes, and part of another. Acres, 31, 533. Pop. in 1851, 7, 302; in 1861, 7, 663. Houses, 1, 563.

North Petherton through time

North Petherton is now part of Sedgemoor district. Click here for graphs and data of how Sedgemoor has changed over two centuries. For statistics about North Petherton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of North Petherton, in Sedgemoor and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th June 2022

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