In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Huntspill like this:
HUNTSPILL, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Somerset. The village stands near the mouth of the river Parret, 1½ mile SW of Highbridge r. station, and 5½ N of Bridgewater; is a widely scattered place; was once a market town; and has a post office under Bridgewater, and a fair on 29 June. The parish includes also the village of East Huntspill, and the greater part of the tything of Aston-Morris. Acres, 9, 289; of which 3, 345 are water. Real property, £19, 897. ...
Pop. in 1851, 1, 594; in 1861, 1, 695. Houses, 344. The manor belongs to the Rector. The surface is chiefly rich pasturage; and it is bounded, for some way, on one side by the Parret, on the other by the Brue. Brick making is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £650.* Patron, Baliol College, Oxford. The church is later English, in good condition; and consists of nave, aisles, transept, and chancel, with porch and tower. The vicarage of East Huntspill is a separate benefice. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school with about £6 from endowment, and charities £10.The sub-district contains also five other parishes and part of another; and is in Bridgewater district. Acres, 19,481. Pop., 4,003. Houses, 817.-The hundred contains only Huntspill and Puriton parishes; and bears the name of Huntspill and Puriton. Acres, 10,921. Pop., 2,299. Houses, 359.
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 Huntspill has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Sedgemoor. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Huntspill and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Huntspill, in Sedgemoor and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th April 2014
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