Page 381: NORTH PETHERTON is a large village and parish, 3 miles south-by-west from Bridgwater stations on the Bristol and Exeter section of the main line of the Great Western and the .Somerset and Dorset Joint railways, in the Bridgwater division of the county, hundred of North Petherton, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Bridgwater and in the rural deanery of Bridgwater, archdeaconry of Taunton and diocese of Bath and Wells. The river Parret and the Taunton and Bridgwater canal pass through the parish.

The village consists of one main street, on the high road from Bridgwater to Taunton, and a few smaller ones on either side. The church of St. Mary is an edifice of red sandstone in the Later English style, consisting of -chancel, nave of six bays, aisles, north and south porches and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles of the Decorated period, containing a clock and six bells, recast and rehung by Mears and Stainbank at a cost of £360: in 1912 the tower was repaired at a cost of £1,000: in 1888 a new organ was erected at a cost of over £600 : a memorial window has been placed in the Portman chapel to the Hon. Maurice Berkeley Portman, d.12.Jan.1888: the Church has been restored since 1873, at a cost of £1,284, and in 1909 the oak roofs of both aisles and the nave were opened and three new screens erected at a cost of £2,000: there are sittings for 700 persons.

‘The register dates from the year 1558. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £485, with residence, in the :gift of Mrs. Henry Boyd, and held since 1894 by the Rev. Percy Turner Pryce-Michell M.A. of Queen’s College, Oxford. The Congregational chapel is a building of -stone in the Lombardic style, erected in 1833. The Cemetery, formed in 1856, but since enlarged and re-consecrated, is a quarter of a mile east of the church, and has two mortuary chapels; it is under the control of the Parish Council of 13 members. The charities consist of a house and land, the gift of Dorothy Cheeke in 1867, for teaching six or more poor children; a Tent-charge of £2 by Thomas Bacon; and £500 given by will by Sir Thomas Wroth, in 1721, the interest of which, under a scheme of the Charity Commissioners, is now given to the children attending the Board schools. in money and prizes. Ashfield is the residence of the -Hon. Mrs. Maurice Berkeley Portman. The chief land–owners are Viscount Portman, William Hamilton Codrington Nation esq. of 19 Queen’s gate, Kensington, London S W, the trustees of the late Sir Cuthbert Slade, 4th hart. (d. 1908), who are lords of the manor, Charles Theodore Halswell Kemeys-Tynte esq. of Halswell House, Goathurst, and Lieut.-Col. William Oliver Meade-King D.L. of Walford House, West Monkton. The soil is red marl, loam and sandy; subsoil, various. The chief crops are wheat, oats, barley and green crops, with a good portion of pasture land. The area of the civil parish is 10,431 acres of land, 53 of water, 17 of tidal water and 16 of foreshore; rateable value, £23,132; the population in 1911 was: civil, 3,338; ecclesiastical, 1,985.

Under the provisions of the “Divided Parishes Act. 1882” (45 and 46 Vict. c. 58), Cular and Lyng Drove was transferred from North Petherton to Lyng.

North Newton and Moorland, or North Moor Green, are ecclesiastical parishes formed from North Petherton civil parish, and will be found under separate headings.

Huntworth is a hamlet, about 1, 1/2 miles north-east.

County Police Station, Fore street, Charles Hill, sergeant, & 1 constable

Post, M.O.T. & Telephone Call Office. Hy. Wood, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Bridgwater at 5.10 a.m. & 4 p.m.; dispatched at 11.25 a.m. & 7.30 p.m

Huntworth, delivery from Bridgwater. Wall Letter Box cleared 7.15 p.m

Wall Letter Boxes: Hedging, cleared at 8.45 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.; Shearston, cleared at g.25 a.m. & 6.15 p.m. week days only; Compass, cleared at 11.30 a.m. & 7.35 p.m; Sundays 9.10 a.m. & 6 p.m. & Shovel Hill, 7·5 a.m. & 7·5 pm


Medical Officer No. 9 & Public Vaccinator, No. 10 District, Bridgwater Union, Caesar Frederick Hawkins

Assistant Overseer, William Henry Palmer

Registrar of Births & Deaths & Vaccination Officer for North Petherton Sub-District & Relieving Officer for No. 3 District, Bridgwater Union, Ernest Joe Davis

Deputy Registrar of Births & Deaths, Mrs. E. Davis Sanitary Inspector to Bridgwater Rural District Council, Richard Popham

Public Elementary School, erected in 1877, & enlarged in 1895. for 150 boys, 150 girls & 105 infants;

average attendance, 120 boys, I00 girls & 105 infants; Henry Philip Apter, head master; Mrs. Harriet Day, mistress; Miss Kate Nation, infants’ mistress

The school is controlled by nine managers, appointed July 1. 1903, six by the County Council & three by the Parish Council, T. M. Reed, solicitor, King square, Bridgwater, correspondent

Carriers to Bridgwater, Charles Brewer, daily; Ernest Habberfield, daily


Avery Mrs. Magnolia villa

Burge James, Rhode

Chick Joseph, Brae side

Curtis Edward Constable J.P. Old Rectory

Havil Mrs

Hawkins Caesar Fredk. Ashway villa

Hutchings John, Heathfield

Lloyd Rev. David (Congregational), Clare street

Merson Francis James, Farringdon

Palmer William Henry, Fairlawn vil

Petrocochino Alexander, Huntworth ho

Pocock Robert, Lingfield

Popham Richard

Portman Hon. Mrs Maurice Berkeley, Ashfield

Price George, Fore street

Pryce-Michell Rev. Percy Turner M.A. Vicarage

Taylor Clifford, Heathfield house

Todd The Misses, Old vicarage

Walker H. Banes, Verriers

Williams George Carne, Batts house

Wilson alexander M. Shovell


Baker Henry, beer ret. Hammet St

Bennett William, watch maker

Bond Albert, insurance agent

Bond George, farmer, Willstock farm

Bond James Orchard, farmer, Hedging house

Bradford Walt. market gardener, Newton road

Brewer Charles, carrier

Brewer Jas. Hurford, plumper, Hammet street

Bult Henry, market gardener, Rydon

Burrows Frederick William, carpenter

Burrows Walter, saddler

Burston Henry, pig dealer

Burston Thos. pig dealer, crosswell

Burston Walter, pig dealer

Callow Clifford, farmer, Heathfield

Carter Sidney Frank, Clarence P.H

Cemetery (Wm. Hy. Palmer, clerk)

Chapman Thomas Bond, farmer, Parkersfield farm

Chedzoy James & Henry, mrkt. gdnrs

Chidley Joseph, beer retailer

Clatworthy John & Sons, builders, contractors, builders’ merchants, undertaker & general smiths & agents for Raleigh cycles; offices & workshops, Fore st TN

Collard Win. market gardener, Coxhill

Coram Francis, farmer, Woolmersdon

Culverwell Wm. farmer, Woolmersdon

Dare Jas, Jobbing gardner, Cliff Road

Davey Jojhn, market gardener, Rydon

Davies Herbert Wilton, Farmer

Davis E. (Mrs.), deputy registrar of births & deaths North Petherton sub-district, Bridgwater union

Day Jas. farmer, shovell HIll farm

Day Samuel, farmer, Dyer’s green

Durman George, plumber

Edbre Hy, farmer, Rhode (letters through Bridgwater)

Elver Edward John, boot repairer

Fay Edmond, beer retailer

Gadd Samuel, baker, Fore street

Gardner John, tailor

Gardner Matthew, watch maker

Gould Andrew, farmer

Habberfield Ernest, miller (water & steam) & carrier

Habberfield John, farmer

Hagon & Teek, solicitors; & at Bridgwater

Harden David, farmer, Staffland farm

Hawkins Caesar Frederick M.R.C.S. Eng., L.S.A. London. surgeon, & medical officer No. 9 & public vaccinator, No. 10 district, Bridgwater union, Ashway villa

Heal Robert, farmer, Kings farm

Horsey Richard, Geo. farmer, Daws Farm

House Thomas George, insurance agent

Hutchings Sidney, farmer, Heathfield

Hutchings Thomas, farmer, Rhode

Jeanes John, farmer, Bankland

Jenkins John, wicker work manufacturer

Jenkins Jn. F. farmer, Church Hill farm

Jones Richard, farmer

Major & Sons, grocers

Marriorr Joseph, insurance agent Heathfield

Merson Fras. Jas farmer, Farringdon

Miller Thomas, basket maker

Moate Samuel, farmer, upper Clavelshay farm

Morris Albert, farmer, Goodings farm

Morris Edward, farmer, Chapel hill

Normal Christopher W. Farmer, Park farm

North Petherton Athletic Association (Edward Rich, hon. sec)

Palmer WIlliam Henry & Son, auctioneers, accountants, insurance & land agents; & at Bridgwater

Palmer William Henry, assistant Oversr

Payne Albert, farmer, Spitgrove

Peirce William, Shopkeeper

Philips Tom, Lamb Inn

Pocock Frederick, hair dresser

Pocock Jeremiah, saddler

Pocock Percy, horse dealer, Baymead

Popham Richard, sanitary inspector to Bridgwater Rural District Council

Quantock Vale Cider Co. Limited (William Dunlop McCreath, sec)

Rich Anne (Mrs.) & Son, saddlers Fore street

Ridge Henry & Son, wheelwrights

Ridge James, blacksmith

Rogers Annie (Mrs.) & Son, butchers, Fore street

Saunders William, haulier, Dye house

Sellick Anthony, mason, Mill street

Shattock WIlliam, farmer, Shearston

Shepher Harry, grocer, Fore strteet

Sibley Francis, farmer, Ball’s farm

Slocombe John & Son, wicker chair manufacturers

Slocombe John & William, builders

Smith Alfred, basket maker, Compass

Sprague Frederick, George Hotel; excellent accommodation for motorist; terms moderate; posting

Starkey, Knight & Ford Limited, cider manufacturers & brewers, North Petherton brewery; & at Taunton & Bridgwater. See advertisement

Stone Charles William, butcher

Studley George Henry, Swann inn

Townsend & Son grovers, Fore street

Tregaskis Valentine, hair dresser

Tucker Lucy (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Queen street

Warner Charles, beer retailer

Warren John, baker

Warren WIlliam, shopkeeper, Fore street

Watts Charles, shoe maker

West Richard, greengrocer

Western & Son builders

White Samuel & William, farmers, Boomer Farm

Wilkins Charles William, shoe maker

Wilkins Edward, farmer, Milestone farm

Wilkins Thomas Grislock, dairyman

Williams George, carpenter

Williams John, haulier

Winslade Walt, blacksmith, Shearston


Waddon Clifford Charles, The Hayes

Adams Henry, shopkeeper

Baker Mary (Mrs.), beer retailer

Milton Thomas, farmer, Huntworth Park Farm

Moate William, farmer

Smith Jacob, basket maker

Wills George, farmer

Wills Henry, carpenter

April 2024