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South Petherton is a market town in Somerset, England. with a parish church of St Peter and St Paul. South Petherton was also the name of an ancient Hundred and a Manor. The Manor of South Petherton was made up of four tithings: Town tithing – 3 irregular streets about the church; South Harp tithing (to the south east) – also sometimes known in the past as Southington or Southapbrigg; Over Stratton (to the south west) and Compton Durville (to the north west).

The Hundred of South Petherton included the parishes of: Barrington,  Chaffcombe,   Chillington, Cricket St Thomas, Cudworth, Dinnington, Dowlish Wake,  Knowle St Giles, Lopen, South Petherton, Seavington St Mary, Seavington St Michael, Shepton Beauchamp, Wambrook, and Whitestaunton. However, this website concentrates on the area covered by the Parish and Manor of South Petherton.

On this site you will find various transcriptions of historical records, including baptisms, marriages and burials from the registers of the parish church and various non-conformist chapels, and the diary of our ancestor Benjamin Hebditch written between 1811 and 1861 which records many events that took place in the parish, as well as photographs connected to the parish and the families that lived there. Most of the transciptions were done by ourselves or generously donated by others.

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