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Pictures of and basic information on Barrington, near Ilminster, South Somerset

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An old image of housing and the church in Barrington, Somerset, c.1914.

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Cob and thatch cottages, telephone box, chapel, as seen from the churchyard in Barrington, near Ilminster



Barrington is a village, situated around 4 miles north east of Ilminster, 11 miles south east of Taunton, and 11 miles west of Yeovil in the south of the county of Somerset. Barrington is home to a super pub called the Barrington Oak; the grade 1 listed St Mary's church; and the very special National trust owned Barrington Court and gardens.


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An old picture postcard of thatched cottages on Court Road, Barrington, c.1925.


Barrington in past times. Barrington is a village and parish, 6 miles west from Martock station on the Yeovil branch of the Bristol and Exeter line of railway, and 4 north-east from Ilminster in the Western division of the county, hundred of South Petherton, union and county court district of Langport, rural deanery of Crewkerne, archdeaconry of Taunton and diocese of Bath and Wells. The church of St. Mary is a cruciform stone building, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, having a chancel, nave, transept, porch and octagonal tower with 4 bells. The register dates from 1584. There is a National school for boys and girls, endowed with 44 a year; and a Sunday school is held in the school-room. Here is a Wesleyan chapel. Barrington Court is one of the most beautiful specimens of Domestic architecture remaining in this county: it was probably built by Henry Daubeney, Earl of Bridgewater, who died in 1548; the manor had been for many ages the property of his ancient family. Sir Thomas Phillip became the purchaser in 1605: it is now used as a farmhouse, and occupied by T. M. Lang, and remains in an excellent state of preservation. Richard Marker, esq., is lord of the manor; and William Parsons Peters, esq., and Samuel Bartlett, esq., and William Blake, esq., are the chief landowners. The soil is clay and loam and sand, and the subsoil clay. The chief crops are wheat, beans, and flax. The acreage is 1,656; rateable value, 3,274. The population in 1871 was 517. Transcribed from a Kelly's directory of 1878.

Nearby villages and towns: Ashill; Broadway; Curry RivelHambridge; High Ham; Horton; Ilminster; Isle Abbots; Ilton; Kingsbury Episcopi; Martock; Montacute; Seavington St Michael; Shepton Beauchamp; South Petherton; Stocklinch


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