We acknowledge the help of the Somerset Record Office http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives

The transcripts are circulated without profit to the transcriber and with a proviso that any subsequent copying is allowed only if free of profit. Anyone wishing to include a subsequent copy as part of a profit-making publication or distribution must apply to the Somerset Archive and Record Service for permission. 


South Petherton Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

  Index of transcripts available

Canít find your ancestor in the South Petherton parish registers? If you can't find the entry you are looking for in the South Petherton parish registers, then it may be worth checking the non-conformist records below or some of the neighbouring parishes.  The parishes which border South Petherton are East Lambrook, Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock, Stoke Sub Hamdon, Norton sub Hamdon, Chiselborough, Merriott, Lopen, Seavington St Michael, and Shepton Beauchamp. Transcriptions for some of these parishes can be found at http://www.genealogyhelp.co.uk/

The non-conformist records prior to 1837 are copyright of the National Archives. Copies are also held on microfilm at the Somerset Record Office which also has the surviving the post 1837 registers (although the copyright is still held by the United Reform Church or Methodist Church). We acknowledge the help of the Somerset Record Office http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives. The transcriptions are published online by kind permission of the Somerset Record Office, the Methodist Church and the United Reform Church on condition that its use is free from profit.

 Non-conformist Registers -

     Old Meeting House

    Roundwell St Chapel

    South Petherton Wesleyan Chapel

    Middle Lambrook Chapel

    Bower Hinton Chapel


There are a few South Petherton people recorded in the transcription of civil marriages during the Commonwealth period 1653-1656 - http://www.westcountrygenealogy.com/somerset/

 South Petherton - Lists of People

South Petherton Bastardy and Removal Orders

South Petherton Emigrants

History of South Petherton Congregational Church (Roundwell Street)  published in 1883

South Petherton - Parish Positions Held

South Petherton Soldiers

Jury Lists

Photographs of old South Petherton


History of South Petherton - South Petherton is a market town, and a parish but also the name of an ancient Hundred and a Manor.

The Hundred of South Petherton included the parishes of:




         Cricket St Thomas



         Dowlish Wake

         Knowle St Giles


         South Petherton

         Seavington St Mary

         Seavington St Michael

         Shepton Beauchamp



The manor of South Petherton was made up of four tithings -

1. Town tithing - 3 irregular streets about the church

2. South Harp tithing (SE) - also sometimes known in the past as Southington or Southapbrigg

3. Over Stratton (SW)

4. Compton Durville (NW)