Abbots Leigh, Somerset Family History Guide

Abbots Leigh is a chapelry of Bedminster St John the Baptist Ancient Parish in Somerset.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1656

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Abbots Leigh

  • Long Ashton
  • Wraxall
  • Easton-in-Gordano
  • Portbury

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

ABBOTS-LEIGH, a parish in the hund. of Portbury, union of Bedminster, Somersetshire. Living, a curacy not in charge, annexed to the vicarage of Bedminster, in the archd. of Bath and dio. of Bath and Wells; gross income £78. Patrons, the dean and chapter of Sarum. Pop., in 1801, 292; in 1831, 360. Houses 44. Acres 2,150. A. P. £4,170. Poor rates, in 1837, £115 In the church-yard are the remains of an ancient stone-cross. The prefix to the name is derived from the circumstance of the manor having formerly been the property of the abbot of St Augustine in Bristol. The manor-house gave shelter to Charles II. after the battle of Worcester. On the same site has been erected Leigh-house, an elegant structure, commanding beautiful views, and containing a superb collection of paintings.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom 1808

Abbottsleigh, a hamlet to Bedminster, in the hundred of Portbury, Somerset, 121 miles from London; contains 44 houses and 292 inhabitants

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Benjamin Pitts Capper. 1808.

Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales 1807

Abbots Leigh (Somers.) a village about 3 miles distant from Ilminster, and 4 from Bristol. This parish contains a venerable mansion, which afforded an asylum to Charles II. after the unfortunate battle of Worcester in 1651

Source: Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales; Crosby Rev. J. Malham; 1807


  • County: Somerset
  • Civil Registration District: Bedminster
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Bristol in the Deanery of Bristol (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre-1845 - Bath and Wells, Post-1844 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - Redcliffe and Bedminster, Post-1844 - Bristol
  • Poor Law Union: Bedminster
  • Hundred: Portbury
  • Province: Canterbury