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"TAUNTON, comprises the parishes of St. James and St. Mary Magdalene, and is a market and assize town and parliamentary borough in the hundred of the same name, county Somerset, of which it is the county town, 51 miles S.W. of Bath, and 30 N.E. of Exeter. It is a station on the Bristol and Exeter section of the Great Western railway. The town, which is of great antiquity, is situated in a vale called Taunton Dean, on the southern bank of the small river Tone, here crossed by a stone bridge of three arches, and which is now only partially navigable, the locks having been neglected by the conservators since the construction of the Bridgwater canal, which affords readier water communication, and has also a branch to Chard. Numerous early remains are found in the vicinity, including an ancient bridge of one arch, somewhat pointed, called the Ram's Horn, and another bridge on the line of the Roman way to Bridgwater." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003


References in Bath University Library
  • The history of the town of Taunton in the county of Somerset, by Joshua Toulmin, Publ. T.Norris; J.Johnson, 1791.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Taunton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Records

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Taunton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST230240 (Lat/Lon: 51.010150, -3.098980), Taunton which are provided by:

Names, Personal

  • Taunton Names from Pigot and Co.'s National Commercial Directory of Somerset, 1830.


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.