St Decumans  Somerset


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described St Decumans like this:

DECUMANS (St.), a parish in Williton district, Somerset; on the coast, at the Watchet terminus of the West Somerset railway. It contains the town of Watchet, the chapelry and workhouse of Williton, and the hamlets of Eagrove, Lyddymore, Doniford, Ridon, Stickland, Wibble, Wibblegate, Highbridge, Watering-Place, Five Bells, Churchtown, Whitehall, Stream, Yard, Timwood, Hayne, Bardon, Tomblands, Shelves, and part of Washford. ...

Post town, Watchet, under Bridgewater. Acres, 4, 281; of which 520 are water. Rated property, £7, 176. Pop., 3, 196. Houses, 522. The property is all in one estate. Orchard-Wyndham was the seat of the late Earl of Egremont. Williton was the residence of Sir Reginald Fitz-Urse, one of the murderers of Thomas à Becket. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £134. Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is large; occupies a commanding site; and has ancient monuments of the Wyndhams, and the tomb of the late Earl of Egremont. The churchyard contains an ancient cross. The p. curacy of Williton is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Methodists, and charities £77.

St Decumans through time

St Decumans is now part of West Somerset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Somerset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about St Decumans itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of St Decumans in West Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th January 2022

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