In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Curry Rivel like this:
CURRY-RIVELL, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Langport district, Somerset. The village stands near the river Parret and the Durston and Yeovil railway, 2 miles WSW of Langport; and has a post office under Taunton, and fairs on the last Wednesday of Feb., and the Monday after 1 Aug. The parish includes also the tythings of Hambridge and Portfield, part of the tythings of Burton-Pynsent and Week, and part of the hamlet of Westport. Acres, 4, 108. Real property, £9, 550. Pop., 1, 704. ...
Houses, 359. The property is much subdivided The surface is hilly; and the rocks include blue has. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Weston, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £310.* Patron, W. Speke, Esq. The church is early English; consists of nave and chancel, with porch and tower; has beautiful windows; and contains carved oaken seats and screen, and a curious monument of M. and R. Jennings. The vicarage of Hambridge is a separate benefice. Charities, £28.The sub-district contains twelve parishes and two extra-parochial tracts. Acres, 17, 615. Pop., 5, 189. Houses, 1, 058.
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 Curry Rivel 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 Curry Rivel and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Curry Rivel in South Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th November 2014
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