Shepton Mallet is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Somerset.

Other places in the parish include: West Shepton, Oakhill, and Charlton Woodlands.

Alternative names: Shepun

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1635
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1566

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SHEPTON-MALLET-popularly Shepun-a town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Somerset. The town stands on the East Somerset rai1way, under the Mendip hills, 5 miles E by S of Wells; was known to the Saxons as Sepeton; figured as a place of considerable trade in the 14th century; was twice visited, in 1685, by the Duke of Monmouth and his troops; witnessed the execution of twelve persons, by order of Judge Jeffreys; underwent great vicissitudes at various periods; began to run a course of steady prosperity, about 1851; numbers, among its natives, Hugh Inge who died in 1528, the physician Carlton who died in 1709, and the theologian S. Browne who died in 1732; occupies a number of small elevations, with its chief street crossing a valley from N to S; consists of about ten streets, of rather mean appearance, but recently much improved; includes a considerable market place, with a fine hexagonal Gothic market-cross, erected in 1500, and restored in 1841; is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling place; publishes a weekly newspaper; and has a head post-office, a r. station, two banking offices, two chief inns, a police station, a county jail with capacity for 169 male and 52 female prisoners, excellent waterworks, an ancient cruciform church recently restored and enlarged, four dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a public cemetery of about 5 acres with two mortuary chapels, an endowed grammar-school with £30 a year, national and British schools, a mechanics’ institute, a literary institution and reading room, a horticultural society, endowed alms houses with £359 a year, a workhouse with capacity for more than 400 persons, and general charities £105. A weekly market is held on Friday; a cattle-market, on the third Friday of every month; and fairs, on Easter-Monday, 18 June, and 8 Aug-Brewing, boot and shoe-making, and the manufacture of silk, crape, and velvet are carried on in the town; and rope-making, brick and tile making, and bacon-curing, in the neighbourhood. Pop. of the town in 1861, 4,868. Houses, 1,036.

The parish contains also part of Oakhill hamlet, and comprises 3,572 acres. Real property, £16,972; of which £150 are. in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 5,116; in 1861, 5,347. Houses, 1,143. The manor belonged, before the Norman conquest, to Glastonbury abbey; went, soon after the conquest, to Roger de Curcelle; passed to the Malletts till the time of King John; went then to the Crown; and was attached in 1536 to the Duchy of Cornwall. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £788. Patrons, alternately the Prince of Wales and the Wickham family. The vicarage of Oakhill is a separate benefice.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

Somerset Archives & Family History Groups

Bath Archives

Somerset Archives

Somerset & Dorset FHS

Weston-super-Mare & District FHS

Somerset Online Parish Clerk Project

Newspaper Archives

Bath Chronicle Newspaper 1770-1800


RootsChat Somerset


Bath BMD

Bath Burial Index

Roy Parkhouse’s indexed parish register transcriptions

Somerset Pages Parish Register Transcripts

West Somerset Parish Register Transcriptions

West Country Genealogy

Prisoners for Trial at Assizes 1810-1905

Prisoners in Ilchester Gaol 1821-44

Somerset Quarter Sessions

Somerset Quarter Sessions 1625-1639

Visitations of Somerset 1531 & 1573

Visitation of Somerset 1623

Somerset Trade Directory 1874

Somerset Historical Directories

GENUKI Somerset

History of Taunton

Somerset Historical Essays

Old Somerset Maps

Somerset Muster Roll 1569

Somerset Roll of Honour

Lost Pubs of Somerset

West Country Clockmakers

Bath in Time

Somerset Surnames 1881

Somerset Workhouse Admissions and Discharges

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.1

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.2

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.3

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.4

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.5

Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills Vol.6

Somerset Medieval Wills 1501-1530

Taunton Wills 1537-1799

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977



England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time


  • County: Somerset
  • Civil Registration District: Shepton Mallet
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Wells
  • Diocese: Bath and Wells
  • Rural Deanery: Cary
  • Poor Law Union: Shepton Mallet
  • Hundred: Whitstone (Somerset)
  • Province: Canterbury

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