In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Farleigh Hungerford like this:
FARLEIGH-HUNGERFORD, a village and a parish in Frome district, Somerset. The village stands on the river Frome, adjacent to Wilts, 2½ miles S by E of Freshford r. station, and 8 SSE of Bath; occupies a pleasant spot, commanding picturesque views; claims a very remote antiquity; and has a tolerable inn. The parish comprises 904 acres. Post town, Charterhouse-Hinton, under Bath. Real property, £1, 862. Pop., 127. Houses, 32. The property is divided among a few. The manor was given, by William the Conqueror, to Roger de Cour-celle; and passed to the Montforts, the Burghershes, the Hungerfords, and the Bayntons. ...
A castle was built on it, in the times of Richard II. and Henry IV., by the Hungerfords; and was held, in the civil war of Charles I., for the king. This appears to have comprised an oval double court, with towers upon the walls; but it is now an utter ruin, consisting of a strong arched entrance, two ivy-mantled towers, and some fragments of thick walls. The chapel still stands within the enclosure; has later English windows, with traces elsewhere of early English; and contains armour, altar - tombs, and other monuments of the Hungerfords. Farleigh House is the seat of the Houltons. A Roman pavement was found in 1685. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £195.* Patron, J. T. Houlton, Esq. The church was recently enlarged.
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 Farleigh Hungerford has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Mendip. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Farleigh Hungerford and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Farleigh Hungerford, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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