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The Post Office Directory of Somerset and Bristol 1875

Edited by E.R. Kelly MA FSS

(Pages 481/482, Pitminster)

Pitminster is a large parish and village, 4 1/2 miles south from Taunton railway station, in the Western division of the county, Taunton hundred and union, rural deanery and archdeaconry of Taunton, and diocese of Bath and Wells. The Church of St Andrew and St Mary is an ancient building, in the Perpendicular style, and has undergone a complete restoration: in re-seating, the richly carved ancient bench ends have been preserved; there are also a finely carved stone pulpit and reredos and some very interesting altar tombs to the Cole family, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The register dates from the year 1541. The living is a vicarage, yearly value 550, with residence, in the gift of, and held by, the Rev George Robert Lawson, M.A. of Trinity College Cambridge. The rectorial tithes belong to F. W. Newton, esq., value 300 yearly. There is a good parochial school. The Independents have a small chapel, and a day and Sunday school. A charity of 9.10s yearly value is for clothing. Barton Grange, the property and residence of  F.W. Newton, esq., J. P., occupies a commanding site at the foot of the Blackdown Hills and was anciently the summer residence of the Priors of Taunton: the park contains some magnificent elm and oak timber. The other principal residences are Eastbrook House, of Ambrose G. Lethbridge, esq., J.P.; Piercefield, Thomas Meyler, esq.; Canons Grove, V.J. Reynolds, esq., J. P.; Lowton House, Robert Mattock, esq.; Poundisford Park, Edmund D.Bourdillon, esq.; Culmhead House, John Mellor, esq.; Poundisford Lodge, Mrs Helyar, and Amberd House, Dr Woodforde. Mr Sergeant Cox is Lord of the manor. The principal landowners are F.W. Newton, esq., J.P., Mr Justice Mellor, R. Mattock, esq., Rev. Pearce, and Mrs Helyar. The soil is clay; subsoil, various clay, and in the upper parts rock. The chief crops are wheat, oats, barley, roots and pasture land. The acreage is 5,120; rateable value, 10, 867; the population in 1871 was 1,592.

BLAGDON, HOWLEIGH, and FELTHAM, each distant a mile and a half, are hamlets.

Parish Clerk, Jacob Hewitt.

POST OFFICE Francis Stock, receiver. Letters for Blagdon & Pitminster village arrive from Taunton, those for Howleigh & district arrive from Wellington, & for Stawbridges, from Honiton. The nearest money order office is at Taunton.


Benfield, William

Bourdillon, Edmund D., Poundisford Park

Gibbs, Mrs, Staplehay

Goodland, William

Helyar, Mrs, Poundisford Lodge

Henderson, Mrs, Bell house

Hurman, Rev. Benjamin [independent], Staplehay

Lawson, Rev. George Robert, M.A. [vicar], The Vicarage

Lethbridge, Ambrose Goddard, J.P., Eastbrook house

Malet, Octavius W., Haygrass

Mattock, Robert, Lowton house

Mellor, John, Culmhead house

Meyler, Thomas, Piercefield

Newton, Francis Wheat, J.P., Barton Grange

Peard, Capt. George S., Pitminster lodge

Pitt, Mrs, Southwell lodge

Reynolds, Vincent John, J.P., Canos Grove house

Warre, Rev. John Eagles, West Combe house

Woodforde, F.H., M.D., Amberd house


Baker, Charles, cabinet maker, Fulwood

Baker, John, farmer, Fulwood

Bicknell, Isaac, farmer, Canons Grove farm

Bicknell, Isaac, farmer, Poundisford farm

Bicknell, Isaac, jun., shopkeeper

Bicknell, Richard Stocker, carpenter

Bicknell, William, timber dealer & shopkeeper, Shoreditch

Brown, Thomas, land steward to F.W. Newton, esq., Quarry house

Buckland, James, family wine, spirit & ale stores & miller

Cavill, Thomas, farmer, Fulwood

Clark, William, jun., farmer, Duddleston

Cousins, William Henry, farmer, Duddleston

Day, Samuel, dairyman & farmer, Poundisford

Day, Samuel, farmer, Kibbear

Denning, John, farmer, Fulwood

Dennis, Samuel, farmer

Durston, William, farmer

Fremlin, Elizabeth (Mrs), farmer, Kibbear

Gill, Thomas, farmer

Goldsworth, Lot, carpenter

Gould, William, shopkeeper

Hutchings, William, farmer, Stawbridges

Jennings, Thomas, tailor

Johns, Robert, blacksmith

Loosemore, Ann (Mrs), Winchester Arms, Eastbrook

Marke, John, miller, Batts

Marke, John, jun., farmer, Batts farm

Marke, Mark, farmer

Morr, John, provision dealer

Perrin, John, provision dealer

Perrin, John, farmer, Cornish farm

Philips George, The Crown, Staplehay

Rendell, Edward W. farmer, Shoreditch

Richards, Thomas, The Lamb & Flag

Shepherd, Richard, relieving officer & registrar of births & deaths for the Pitminster district

Shire, Samuel, blacksmith

Slade, Edward, butcher

Spiller, Charles, dairyman, Kibbear

Stook, Francis, shopkeeper & post office

Tavinder, William, farmer, Woodram farm

Trood, Richard, farmer & cider grower, Spearcehay

Trott, Henry, farmer, Sweethay

Trott, Robert, farmer, Sweethay

Valentine, Richard, farmer

Wescombe, John, beer retailer & wheelwright

White, Samuel, farmer, Fossgrove

Williams, James Downton, farmer

Woodbury, Robert, farmer, Kibbear

Woodforde, F.H., M.D. private lunatic asylum for ladies, Amberd house


Thompson, -, Howleigh house


Bale, Samuel, farmer

Bright, Edward, farmer, White farm

Chaplin, Charles, farmer, Woodbrook

Clark, Charlotte (Mrs), farmer

Clark, William, farmer, Budleigh

Hernimon, John, farmer, Chunsey

Irish, John, farmer, Combe

Jennings, John, beer retailer

Johnson, Jeremiah, farmer

Marshall, John, blacksmith

Perrott, Thomas, farmer

Sansom, John, shopkeeper, Lowton

Skinner, William Comer, farmer, Howleigh farm


Malden, Martin, Brookfield house

Thomas, James


Billings, William, mason

Bright, Thomas, farmer & assistant overseer

Buttle, Thomas, wheelwright

Dyer, Walker, baker

Hart, Mary Ann (Mrs), haberdasher

Pring, Henry, shoe maker

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