Somerset is bounded, North by Gloucestershire, the Bristol Channel, and the Severn, East by Wiltshire and Dorsetshire, South by Dorsetshire, and West by Devonshire. It is 68 miles long, and 47 broad, and is divided into 40 Hundreds — Abdick and Bulston, Andersfield, Bath Forum, Bempstone, Brent with Wrington, Bruton, Cannington, Carhampton, Catash, Chew and Chewton, Crewkerne, North-Currey, Ferris-Norton, Frome, Glaston-twelve-Hides, Hampton and Claverton, Hartcliffe and Bedminster, Horethorne, Houndsborough, Huntspil and Puriton, Keynsham, Kilmersdon, Kingsbury (East and West), Martock, Mells and Leigh, Milverton, North-Petherton, South-Petherton, Pitney, Portbury, Somerton, Stone, Taunton and Taunton-Dean, Tintinhull, Wellow, Wells-Forum, Whitestone, Whitley, Williton and Free-Manners, Winterstoke. Rivers; the Lower-Avon, the Brue, and the Parret. There are 35 Market-Towns. It is in the Province of Canterbury, in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and in the Western Circuit. It contains 1642 square miles, or 1,050,880 acres. Population, 435,982
Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.