Downside  Somerset


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

DOWNSIDE, a chapelry in Midsomer-Norton parish, Somerset; near the East Somerset railway, 2 miles NNE of Shepton-Mallet. It was constituted in 1845. Post town, Shepton-Mallet. Real property, £3, 103. Pop., 697. Houses, 136. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £101.* Patron, the Vicar of Midsomer-Norton. ...

The church is partly of the time of Henry VI., but was principally rebuilt in 1838. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a handsome Roman Catholic college, and a national school. The college accommodates about 60 students, and has a chapel and a recently erected observatory.

Downside through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th January 2022

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