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A group dedicated to Family & Social history in the area covered by the WINCANTON Registration District and/or the WINCANTON UNION.

The ancient parish of Wincanton lies in the south-east part of the county and at its centre is the largest town of the district. The parish is divided between one principal and three smaller areas, and many very small pieces of land consisting of isolated fields, and is highly irregular in shape. In the north and north-west its boundaries interlock with Charlton Musgrove and Shepton Montague in a manner which suggests that, like them, it was formerly part of the royal manor and minster parish of Bruton. Traces of that link were still to be found in the 1080s when a new hundred was created of which Wincanton was the temporary head. A borough had been created by the mid 14th century, presumably by the Lovel family. In the northeast of the parish is the site of the small Augustinian priory of Stavordale, most of whose estates lay in the immediate neighbourhood.

From: 'Wincanton', A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 7: Bruton, Horethorne and Norton Ferris Hundreds (1999), pp. 208-32. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=18755. Date accessed: 23 July 2007.

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  • Jul 23, 2007
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