Bathealton

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Coordinates: 51°00′32″N 3°18′51″W / 51.00888°N 3.31414°W / 51.00888; -3.31414

Bathealton
Road junction with house on the right of the road. On the left is a churchyard behind a wall accessed via steps.
Access to the Church of St Bartholomew
Bathealton is located in Somerset
Bathealton
Bathealton
 Bathealton shown within Somerset
Population 194 [1]
OS grid reference ST079241
District Taunton Deane
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TA21
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
UK
England
Somerset

Bathealton is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Wellington and 8 miles (12.9 km) west of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. The village has a population of 194.[1]

History[edit]

The Iron Age Castles Camp is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the village.

It was recorded in the Domesday Book as Badeheltone. The parish of Bathealton was part of the Milverton Hundred,[2]

Bathealton Court is a country house, dating from around 1766, but probably incorporating earlier dwelling. It was remodelled around 1850.[3]

The routes of the Grand Western Canal and the Bristol and Exeter Railway pass within a short distance of the village.

The Village Hall, was previously the Village School until its last intake of pupils in the early 1950s.[4]

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 Taunton Deane, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Wellington Rural District.[5] 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 a 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.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Bartholomew dates from 1854 and has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[6] Its chancel retains monuments to the Webers and Moseys, eminent families in the history of the village.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bathealton Court". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Bathealton". Wiveliscombe Area Website. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Wellington RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Church of St Bartholomew". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bathealton at Wikimedia Commons