Sarah Hawkins Genealogy Site - Kelly's Directory 1939 Ilton Somerset

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Kelly's Directory

Kelly's Directory 1939

Ilton is a village and parish on the river Ile, 3 miles north from Ilminster station on the Chard branch of the Great Western railway, in the Yeovil division of the county, hundred of Abdick and Bulstone, petty sessional division of Ilminster, rural district and county court district of Chard, rural deanery of Crewkerne (Ilminster district), archdeaconry of Taunton and diocese of Bath and Wells. Water is supplied by Chard Rural District Council; electricity is available. The church of St. Peter is an edifice of stone in the Early Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel with north aisle, nave, south transept and a tower on the south side, adjoining the transept and containing 4 bells: the base of the tower forms a porch: the tower was taken down in 1923 and rebuilt in 1928: in the arch of the north chapel are four brasses, including one with effigy in shroud to Nicholas Wadham, ob. 1508, son of Nicholas Wadham, captain of Carisbrook Castle, in the Isle of Wight, who was grandfather of Nicholas Wadham, founder of Wadham College, Oxford: the church was restored in 1860 and has sittings for 250 persons. The register dates from the year 1642. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £230, including 6 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and held since 1928 by the Rev. Jonathan Edward Rogers, of London College of Divinity, hon. C.F. who is also rector of North and South Bradon and vicar of Isle Brewers. The appropriate tithe and glebe are of the yearly value of £100. Here is a Methodist chapel. There are two sets of almshouses, one of eight built by Sir Nicholas Wadham and one of nine by Whetstone in 1643. for aged people, all of which are endowed. Within this parish was the ancient manor house of Merrifield, formerly the residence of Sir Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham, founders in 1610 of the college of that name in Oxford; the moat and the basement portion of one of the towers are still in existence. William Wyndham esq. J.P. is lord of the manor. The farmers are the principal landowners. The soil is clay and gravel, and the subsoil is gravel. The chief crops are wheat, beans and oats. The area is 1,668 acres; the population in 1931 was 308 in the civil and 326 in the ecclesiastical parish.

By Local Government Board Order 16,420, March 25, 1885, Boxstone Hill was transferred from Ilton to Seavington St. Mary; by Order 17,647, Clayhanger was transferred from Whitelackington to Ilton; and by Order 16,420, part of Ilton, known as Rapps, was amalgamated with Ashill for civil purposes.

Post Office. Letters through Ilminster, nearest M. O. & T. office


Bonham-Carter Lt.-Col. Brian Hulbert, Rapps cottage

Rogers Rev. Jonathan Edward, hon. C.F. (vicar), Vicarage


Crabb Saml. Jeffrey, farmer, Broughton farm, Ilford

Dare Geo. W. farmer, Cad farm

Denman Frank Dalley, smallholder

Dibble Herbt. farmer

Downton Eliza (Mrs.), farmer, Lake's farm

Fewings Edwd. farmer, Ashford

Goodland Morley Edwin, farmer, Ashford farm. Ile Brewers 227

Grabham Arth. farmer, Mudges

Hayman Fred Emmanuel Rd. baker. T N Ilminster 55Y1

Horsey Albt. farmer, Woolmington farm, Ilford

Hutchings Albt. farmer, Ilford

Lock Roy Parker, farmer, Drake's farm. T N Ilminster 55X1

Marks Laurie (Miss), shopkpr

Quick Rose (Mrs.), farmer

Randall W. B. Ltd. nurserymen. Ilminster 104

Stanton & Sons, agricultural machinists; agents for all the best implement makers. T N Ilminster 67

Thomas Evan, shopkpr

Tucker Cecil Dick, shopkpr

Welch Jn. Hy. farmer

Warfield V. & R. farmers

Wyndham Arms Inn (R. J. Phippen). Ilminster 55X2

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