Ansford

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Ansford
Patchwork of fields and trees with buildings showing in the distance. In the foreground is grass with a ruined building.
Ansford from Ditcheat Hill
Ansford is located in Somerset
Ansford
Ansford
 Ansford shown within Somerset
Population 1,085 [1]
OS grid reference ST640328
District South Somerset
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WINCANTON
Postcode district BA7
Dialling code 01963
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Somerton and Frome
List of places
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England
Somerset

Coordinates: 51°05′38″N 2°30′51″W / 51.0938°N 2.5143°W / 51.0938; -2.5143

Ansford is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated on the northern edge of Castle Cary in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 1,085.[1]

The village lies on the A371, close to Castle Cary railway station and the River Brue, where the bridge dates from 1823.[2]

Governance[edit]

The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of South Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Wincanton Rural District.[3] The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Somerton and Frome county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.

Landmarks[edit]

The nearby Hadspen house and garden includes the house which is a grade II* listed building,[4] and a private park with formal gardens created by William Player.[5]

Education[edit]

There is a Secondary School called Ansford Community School which has over 700 students aged 11-16.

Religious sites[edit]

There is a Methodist church and the Church of England St Andrew's, which has a 15th-century tower, with the remainder of the church being rebuilt by C E Giles in 1861.[6][7]

Notable residents[edit]

In 1740 it was the birthplace of clergyman and diarist James Woodforde and, in 1763, his nephew the painter Samuel Woodforde.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ansford Bridge". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ "Wincanton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hadspen House". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  5. ^ "A New Walled Garden at Hadspen". Hadspen Parabola. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Church of St. Andrew". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  7. ^ St Andrew's Ansford

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