Chiselborough Somerset


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

CHISELBOROUGH, a village and a parish in Yeovil district. Somerset. The village stands in a narrow valley, closed on three sides by lofty hills, at the river Parret, 3½ miles S of Martock railway station, and 4 NNE of Crewkerne; and has a fair on the last Thursday of Oct. The parish comprises 790 acres; and its post town is West Chinnock, under Ilminster. Real property, £1, 950. Pop., 419. Houses, 100. Many of the inhabitants are afflicted with goître and cretinism; and were described, in 1851, by Dr. Guggenbühl, as " three German feet high, corpulent and bloated, with mis-shapen heads, turgid lips, and noses flattened like the negro's." The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of West Chinnock, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £449.* Patron, the Earl of Egremont. The church is good; and there is a Wesleyan chapel.

Chiselborough through time

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 Chiselborough 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 Chiselborough and units named after it.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th February 2017

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