Newton COPSE

Newton Copse

Flanking much of the west side of Newton Road


Newton Copse (Parcel 817) is a long, steep wood on the eastern slopes of Newton Hill (although today we tend to call it Summerhouse Hill), adjoining the Newton Surmaville Estate and running beside the western side of Newton Road.

At the time of the 1846 Tithe Apportionment, Newton Copse was owned by George Harbin and let to William Pope as part of Newton Farm. It was recorded as wood and pasture for grazing livestock. It measured 12a 1r 0p.

Newton Copse (Parcel 817) was bordered on the east by Newton Road, on the south by Hanging Coppice (parcel 822) and to the west by Lower Newton Hill (Parcel 814), Higher Newton Hill (Parcel 815), Five Acres (Parcel 818) and Six Acres (Parcel 821).

For details on historic land measurement (ie acres, roods and perches) click here.



This map, based on the descriptions in the 1589 Terrier and the 1846 Tithe Map of Yeovil shows the approximate boundaries of the Manors of Kingston and Hendford as well as the manorial three-field system used in Kingston.


The 1842 Tithe Map showing the Newton Surmaville Estate shaded mid-green and the parcels of Newton Farm shaded light green. Newton Copse (Parcel 817) is at left of centre.




From my collection

Newton Copse in a postcard of 1906. This postcard was produced in at least three different issues.


From my collection

Newton Surmaville House, at centre, in the tranquil Yeo valley in a postcard of about 1908. At the top right the hill is clad with the trees of Newton Copse.