In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marston Bigot like this:
MARSTON-BIGOTT, a village and a parish in Frome district, Somerset. The village stands near the East Somerset railway, 2½ miles SW of Frome r. station; and gives the title of Baron to the Earl of Cork. The parish contains also the hamlet of Gaer-Hill; and its Post town is Frome. Acres, 2,238. Real property, £4,010. Pop. in 1851,449; in 1861,379. Houses, 83. The property is subdivided. The manor, with Marston House, belongs to the Earl of Cork; and came into the possession of his ancestors about 1630. ...
A spot called MarstonMoat was the site of a more ancient manor-house. A field called Conqueror's Mead, near that spct, is said to lhave been the scene of a great battle in ancient times; and it has a barrow, supposed to have been formed by intern ent of the slain. A bastard freestone abounds, and is used for mortar and for manure. Bricks and tiles are made. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £280.* Patron, the Earl of Cork. The church was rebuilt in 1789; is in the Norman style; consists of nave and chancel, with porch and tower; and has beautiful stained glass windows. A chapel of ease is at Gaer-Hill: and national schools are there and at the village.
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 Marston Bigot 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 Marston Bigot and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Marston Bigot, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th April 2014
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