Bishops Hull

Bishops Hull is located right next to the County Town of Taunton in Somerset.

Over the next while we will be adding details of our research into the Brinsmeads who lived in and around Bishops Hull. For now, we provide a photo tour of the village taken in 2000, as well as a couple of old pictures showing it in former times.

At least one of the family was a Dominican monk. An entry recorded in Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries Vol. 18 1934-35 reads:

25. Dom. William Brymsmede, having a pension of five pounds paid out of the house of Tawnton, died at Teigngrace, 26 March, in the first year of our Queen, viz., of your Majesty aforesaid (1558/9).

While Teigngrace is in Devon, the monastery was apparently in Tawnton, adjacent to Bishop's Hull. It may have been that this pension was one of the pensions granted upon the dissolution of the monasteries. If so, it was relatively generous and suggests a high standing.

A early indenture - a lease by Symon Brinsmead


The Church in days gone by

The Church from farm fields in days gone by

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