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HUNT & CO.’S  1850

Directory & Topography of the Town of Wincanton.

The following transcription from Hunt's Directory was kindly provided by Marijke Huysse.

“ in all places, where there are objects worthy of detail or observation, there should be a short printed Directory, for the use of the stranger.”  Dr.Johnson.

Wincanton is a  parish and Market town in the hundred of Norton Ferris, county of Somerset, 108 miles W. by S. of London; it is governed by the magistrates of the county, and is pleasantly situated on the gradual declivity of a hill; the town consists of five streets, many of the houses are well and substantially built and have a handsome appearance, there is a market held every Wednesday, and fairs annually on the Tuesday in Easter week and September 29th. The church is spacious but of a more modern style of architecture than others in the county; the living is a perpetual curacy in the Archdeaconry of Wells, there are also Independent and Baptist chapels, and an excellent national school. About the period 1747, much of this place was destroyed by fire, consequently part of the town having been rebuilt in a modern and regular style it is much improved, some of the shops are superior and extremely well appointed and have on the whole a cheerful and business like appearance. There are also some excellent inns, The Greyhound, offering all the advantages of a superior hotel, and the Bear, affording excellent accomodation to the commercialist. In this parish are some vestiges of the remains of a priory founded by Sir William Zouch, for Augustine canons. During the reign of Henry the VIII., it was associated with the priory of Taunton. At the early age of English history when this land was subject to the sanguinary conflicts of the Danes and Saxons, and also the antient Britons and Saxons, Wincanton was the scene of many contests, and one of our historians asserts that a severe skirmish took place in this locality, soon after the landing of the Prince of Orange, at Torbay, in 1688, when some of the king’s dragoons were attacked and put to flight with great slaughter. This town is the centre of an union. The surrounding country is extremely fertile and well cultivated, on the turnpike road leading to Dorset, the view ranges over a wide extent, the air is considered extremely salubrious, and the pleasantness of the situation, added to its cheerful appearance, with its excellent shops and hotels, render Wincanton as pleasant and agreeable a place of residence as any in the county. Wincanton in 1841, was estimated as having a population of 2,296

   Post-Office, High street.— Post Master, John C.Musgrave.— Letters are delivered from London and all parts at 8 a.m., and from Bourton, Mere, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Dorsetshire, Hants, Wilts, Surrey and Sussex, at 6 30 p.m. Despatches to London and all parts, via Bath, at 6 20 p.m. and for Bourton, Mere, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Dorsetshire, Hants, Wilts, Surrey and Sussex, at 7 10 a.m. The box for London, &c. letters, closes at 5 10 p.m., but letters may be posted to 6 15 by affixing an additional 1d. stamp.

   Money Orders are granted and paid from 9 to 4 30 p.m., and on Saturday to 8 p.m.

                Gentry, Clergy, & c.

Bailward Thos.S.   Horsington
Baker James F.   South street
Barton Charles,   Holebrook house
Bastard Thomas Charles,   Charlton Musgrove
Bewsey William Mogg,   South Cheriton
Brown Joseph,   Bayford
Brown Mrs. Matilda,   West hill
Collins Rev. Henry,   High street
Deane Edwin,   South street
Deane George,   West hill
Dodington Wm. M.   Horsington
Drover Rev. John Edwin,   Coylton terrace
Fenwick Miss,   South street
Festing Capt. R.N.   High street
Fitzgerald Col.   Maperton house
Gatehouse John,   West hill
George Miss Jane,   Coylton terrace
Hansford Benjamin,   Mill street
Hobhouse Rt. Hon. Henry,   Hadspen house
Jillard Henry P.   Shatterwell cottage
King Wm.F.   Rodbue house
Leir Rev. Charles,   Charlton Musgrove
Marrinden Rev. S.   Shankshouse
Messiter Geo.   Bayford hill
Messiter Henry,   High street
Messiter John,   Church street
Paddock Mrs. Mary,   Coylton terr.
Phelips Rev. Richd.   Colston Cucklington
Rawlings Stephen,   Mill street
Ring Richard,   High street
Singer Geo    Lattiford house
Wickham Rev. Thos.   Whalley, Horsington
Williams Mrs. Sarah,   West hill
Wyndham George D. & Wyndham Henry,   Round hill house


Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Hannen William,   Coylton terrace
Long John Marsh,   Church street


Arnold Richd. Mogg, & Vining
Chas. Mogg (&millers),   Church street
Hunt Chas. & Shaw Wm.   High street
Vining Uriah,   North street
Willis William,   High street
Winter William,   South street


Stuckey’s Banking Company,   South street; agent, Caines Richard, draw upon Robarts, Curtis, &Co. London
Savings’ Bank,   Market place, open every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; actuary, Philips Thomas

                Beer Retailers.

Green George,   Bayford hill
Gutch Robert H.   North street
Leach Henry,   High street
Lindsay Rachael,   Mill street


Bateman John,   Bayford
Daw William,   Tything
Vining Henry,   Church street

                Booksellers & Stationers.

Davis John, (& bookbinder & printer)   High street
Phillips Thomas (&printer),   Market place
Russell Wm.   High street

                Boot and Shoe Makers.

Bond Elizabeth,   High street
Bond George,   Market place
Cayford Thomas,   South street
French John,   High street
Hooper William,   Market place
King Francis,   High street
Keniston Joseph,   Grance lane
Parsons John,   High street
Pitman Elijah,   Mill street
Vincent Thomas,   High street


Ames Silas,   Holton
Benjafield George,   High street
Oborn Benjamin,   High street

                Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers.

Callen Henry,   High street
Green Elias,   Market place
Green Robert,   High street
James John,   South street
Matthews Wm.   High street

                Carpenters and Builders.

Cross Charles,   Silver street
Feltham George,   Bayford
Green George,   Bayford hill
Green Robert,   High street
James John,   South street
Read James,   South street

                Chemists and Druggists.

Phillips Thomas (& color warehouse),   Market place
Russell William,   High street


Arnold Richd. Mogg,   Market place
Blake John,   High street


Bateman John,   Tything
Horsey James,   North street


George Jas. (& tanner),   High st
Royce George,   Church street

                Engineer and Iron Founder.

Maggs Oliver,   Bourton

                Fire & Life Assurance Agents.

Albert (L.), Caines Richd.   South street
Alliance (F.&L.) Caines Richd.   South street
Atlas (F.&L.) Bracher James,   Market place
Clerical & Medical (L), Cooper Edward Y.   South street
Crown (L) Biging William K   High street
Farmers (Fire, Life, & Hail), Cooper Edward Y.   South street
General (F.&L.), Hannam Jas.   South street
Legal & Commercial (F.&L.), Caines Richd.   South street
Liverpool & London (F.&L.), Caines Richard,   South street
Metropolitan Counties & General (L.), Phillips Thos.   Market place
Norwich Union (F.&L.), Clarke Robert,   High street
Royal Exchange (F.&L.), Davis John, High street
Royal Farmer’s (F.&L.), Cooper Edward Y.   South street
Sun (F.&L.), Bracher Jas.   Market place
West of England (F.&L.), Messiter George, Henry & John,   High street

                Fishmongers and Fruiterers.

Fry Wm. & Sampson (& dealers in marine stores),   South street

                Flax Spinners & Shoe Thread Manufacturers.

Maggs, Hindley, & Co.   Bourton Factory

                Gardeners & Seedsmen.

Green Thomas,   High street
Pigot Alphonso,   Silver street
White Thomas,   High street

                Grocers and Tea Dealers.

Arnold Richard Mogg,   Market place
Bracher James (& tallow chandler),   Market place
Hannam James (& tallow chandler),   South street
Richards Thomas,   High street
Russell William,   High street

                Grocery and Sundries—Dealers in.

Dove Benjamin,   Mill street
Gilbert Edward,   High street
Leach Henry,   High street
Rogers William,   Silver street
Wilkins Ann,   Bayford hill

                Hair Dressers.

Andrews  Wm.   High street
Bioletti Albert,   High street
Chant Henry,   Grance lane
Chick Richard,   South street


Bear,   Market place,   Grist Thos.
Greyhound, ( hotel and posting house),   Market pl.   Bayly John

                Inns and Public Houses.

Dolphin,   High st.   White Thomas
New Inn,   South street,   Stacey Samuel
Red Lion,   Market place,   Gale Gideon
Trooper,   Market place,   Stay Jas.
Unicorn,   Bayford,   Knapton Jno.
White Horse,   Bayford,   Keeping William


Dent Jane,   High street
Kent Wm. Baker,   Market place
Richards Thomas,   Market place

                Linen Drapers.

Day Ira,   High street
Hamilton James (& Paisley shawl warehouse),   High street
Hamilton William (travelling),   High street
Longman & Son,   Market place
Russell Geo. & Co.   High street
Snook Henry (& silk mercer)   South street


Sly Samuel,   High street
Sly Wm. (& brewer),   North street
White Thomas,   High street

                Milliners and Dressmakers.

Crouch Emmeline,   High street
Curtis Ellen,   North street
Hunt Susan & Louisa,   High st
Jacobs Elizabeth,   North street
Maidment Corinna,   High street
Rawlings Mary Ann,   High street

                Painters & Glaziers.

Edwards John,   High street
Francis Thos. ( plumber & glazier),   High street
Goodfellow John,   Market place
Matthews Charles,   High street


Clarke Robert (superintendent),   High street
Hannam James (marriages),   South street
Read Edmund (births & deaths),   Bayford hill

                Saddle and Harness Makers.

Curtis Wm.   South street
Dowding Charles,   High street
Fowler James,   Silver street


Day Alfred,   High street
Goodfellow Jane (boarding),   Market place
Goodfellow Mary,   High street
National,   North street; master, Crouch Edwin; mistress, Crouch Susan
Phillips Mary (boarding and day),   Coylton terrace
Rawlings Charles,   High street


Biging Wm. Keal,   High street
Cooper Edwd. Yalden,   South st
Jillard John Welman,   High street
Messiter Geo. & Henry & John,   High street

                Straw Hat Makers.

Frost Elizabeth,   Mill street
Rawlings Mary Ann,   High street


Bruorton William,   High street
Eastment John Willot & Surrage James (M.D.)   High street
Parsons Saml. Newton,   North st


Dowding James,   High street
Geard Jesse,   High street
Hall William,   High street
Hansford John,   Mill street
Hutchings Richards (& draper),   High street
King John,   Church street
King Richard,   Mill street
Russell Geo. & Co.   High street

                Tinmen and Braziers.

Dent Jane ( & coppersmith),   High street
Newman William,   Market place

                Watch and Clock Maker.

Weare Joseph ( & jeweller),   South street


Bateman Joseph,   Bayford
Read James,   South street


Cattle Dealer,   Crewe Jas.   Tything
Cheese Factor,   Bracher William,   South street
Chimney Sweeper,   Jordan Isaac,   High street
China, &c. Dealer,   Jacobs Uriah,   Market place
Coach Builder,   Goodfellow John,   South street
Veterinary Surgeon,   Symes Chas.   High street


                Law and Public Officers.

Benjafield George,   town crier,   High street
Cooper Edward Yalden,   treasurer of the Wincanton turnpike trust,   South street
Long John Marsh,   inspector of weights and measures,   Church street
Messiter George, Henry and John,   clerks to the magistrates of the division of Wincanton, and to the trustees of the Wincanton turnpike roads, and to the commisioners of land, assessed, property, and income taxes,   High street

                Public Offices, &c.

County Court,   Town Hall,   Market pl; judge, John Monson Carrow; high bailiff, Edmund Charles Coles; assistant bailiff, William Hannem; clerk, Edward Lovell; deputy clerk, John Messiter  
Fire Engine House,   High street;   keys with Henry Vining,   Church street
Gas Company,  Church lane; manager & secretary, Wiiliam Sims  
Inland Revenue Office,  Greyhound Hotel,   Market place; supervisor, William Lorimer  
Stamp Office,  High street; sub-distributor, Robert Clarke
Town Hall,   Market place;  keeper, Wiiliam Shaw
Union Workhouse,  Wright’s lane; master,  James Sealy; matron, Sarah W.Sealy


Bath,   John Bull, from the Bear, on Mon. Wed. and Fri. at 1 p.m.; and Wellington, from the same Inn, on Tues. Thurs. and Sat. 1 p.m
Gillingham,   Shaftesbury,  Salisbury,  and  London, via.   South Western Railway; Telegraph, from the Dolphin,  High st. - daily
Weymouth,  Wellington, from the Bear, on Mon. Wed. and Fri. 3 p.m.;   John Bull,  from the same Inn,  on Tues. Thurs. and Sat. at 1 30 p.m.   


London,   Knighton,  to the White Horse,  Friday street,  Cheapside,  daily.  
Bristol,   Knighton,  Mon. And Thurs.,
Sherborne and Yeovil,   Knighton,  daily.

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