Compton Dundon

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Compton Dundon
A patchwork of green and yellow fields with the roofs of houses visible centrally. In the background are hills and in the foreground the backs of several seated people.
View towards Compton Dundon
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Meadway Hall
Compton Dundon is located in Somerset
Compton Dundon
Compton Dundon
 Compton Dundon shown within Somerset
Population 705 [1]
OS grid reference ST488327
District South Somerset
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TA11
Dialling code 01458
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Somerton and Frome
List of places
UK
England
Somerset

Coordinates: 51°05′30″N 2°43′56″W / 51.0918°N 2.7323°W / 51.0918; -2.7323

Compton Dundon is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated beside King's Sedge Moor and the Polden Hills, 5 miles (8 km) south of Glastonbury and 4 miles (6 km) north of Somerton in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 705.[1] The parish includes the hamlet of Littleton.

History[edit]

Just outside the village is Dundon Hill (or Dundon Camp), an Iron Age hill fort, with 2 m (6.5 ft) ramparts. An excavation in 1916 found pottery and flints here, but the fort has been damaged by quarrying.

The manor was owned by Glastonbury Abbey at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086.[2] The parish of Compton Dundon was part of the Whitley Hundred.[3]

Paul Kemp-King writes in an unpublished manuscript[4] that it is almost certain that there was once a bell foundry in the village, although its exact location is uncertain. Bells cast in Compton Dundon can be found in nearby villages: Somerton (a 1661 bell) and Aller (bells cast in 1638, 1640, and 1663 by Robert Austen), for example. Kemp-King writes that the difficulty of transporting the heavy bells by horse and cart made local casting by itinerant bellfounders desirable.

Within the parish is the Admiral Hood Monument celebrating Admiral Sir Samuel Hood. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.[5]

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 Langport Rural District.[6] 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.

Geography[edit]

At the central crossroads is the remains of a 14th-century wayside cross.[7]

Just south of the village is Great Breach and Copley Woods, a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest which is a Nature Conservation Review Woodland Site, owned and managed by the Somerset Wildlife Trust. The site consists of ancient and semi-natural broadleaved woodland. Two woodland types with a restricted distribution in Britain occur and the site supports a locally important invertebrate fauna.[8]

Religious sites[edit]

The parish Church of St Andrew dates from the 14th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[9]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. pp. 70–71. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Paul R. Kemp-King, Compton Dundon: The Portrait of a Rural Community, (unpublished manuscript).
  5. ^ "Hood family monument". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Langport RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Base of Cross at junction with B3151". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Great Breach and Copley Woods". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Church of Saint Andrew". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 

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