Stoford

Stoford

Stoford is a small village which runs into another small village, Barwick, just outside Yeovil, Somerset, England. It contains Yeovil Junction railway station, which runs on the LondonExeter line.

History

The earliest signs of habitation in the area were the relics of a Bronze Age burial which were found in 1826, a little to the north of the village of Stoford. Stoford may be a Saxon name derived from Stow-Ford. In the Middle Ages, Stoford was shown as a new town and in an Inquisition or survey of 1273 there were 74 burgages each paying 10d a year. The total population of the borough in 1273 was probably over 500. Stoford kept its borough status for at least 300 years. A Guildhall was mentioned in 1361 and there is proof of a separate borough court. There was still a 'borough of Stoford' in the musters of 1569.

External links

  • The Somerset Urban Archaeological Survey: Stoford, by Miranda Richardson

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