In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Martock like this:
MARTOCK, a village, a parish, a hundred, and a subdistrict, in Yeovil district, Somerset. The village stands near the river Parret and on the Fosse way, adjacent to the Durston and Yeovil branch of the Bristol and Exeter railway, 6½ miles NW by W of Yeovil; was once a market town; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, a head post office‡, two good inns, a market-cross, a church, two dissenting chapels, a national school, a grammar school founded in 1661, and charities £20. ...
The market-cross consists of base and steps of old date, and a surmounting fluted column of newer date, bearing a sun-dial, a gilt ball, and a vane. The church is later English, of fine character; comprises nave, aisles, transepts, and chancel, with a tower; has a roof of open wood-work; and was recently restored. Pinnacled archways, of the year 1627, gave entrance to the churchyard. The manor-house, an edifice of the 14th century, now divided into separate tenements, but still in good preservation, adjoins the churchyard; and the hall of it has an open timber roof, and some richly carved corbels. The dissenting chapels are for Independents and Baptists. A fair is held on 21 Aug. The parish contains also the chapelry of Long-Load, and the hamlets of Ash, Bower-Hinton-with-Hurst, Coat, Milton, Stapleton, and Witcombe. Acres, 7,302. Real property, £20,383. Pop., 3,155. Houses, 619. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to J. Goodden, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £450.* Patron, the Treasurer of Wells Cathedral. The vicarages of Ash and Long Load are separate benefices.-The hundred is conterminate with the parish.The sub-district contains also three other parishes. Acres, 11,945. Pop., 5,979. Houses, 1,210.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Martock in South Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd October 2014
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