Curland

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Not to be confused with Kurland.
Curland
All Saints Church, Curland - geograph.org.uk - 169010.jpg
All Saints Church
White painted building with arched windows. In the foreground are gravestones.
Curland Methodist Chapel, which has now been converted into 2 houses
Curland is located in Somerset
Curland
Curland
 Curland shown within Somerset
Population 225 [1]
OS grid reference ST275175
District Taunton Deane
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TAUNTON
Postcode district TA3
Dialling code 01823
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Taunton Deane
List of places
UK
England
Somerset

Coordinates: 50°57′08″N 3°02′01″W / 50.9523°N 3.0335°W / 50.9523; -3.0335

Curland is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. The village has a population of 225.[1] The parish includes the hamlet of Abbey Hill.

Curland is home of a thriving equestrian centre.

History[edit]

The name Curland, which was Curiland in 1252, means land belonging to Curry.[2]

Within the parish is Castle Neroche, a Norman motte-and-bailey castle on the site of an earlier hill fort.

Curland was part of the hundred of Abdick and Bulstone.[3][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 Taunton 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 the Taunton Deane 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 parish Church of All Saints occupies a prominent position on a hill. It was rebuilt by Benjamin Ferrey in 1856, on the site of an earlier church,[6] but closed in 1970.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 78. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Abdick and Bulstone Hundred Through Time". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Abdick and Bulstone in South Somerset". A Vision Britain Through Time. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tainton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Church of All Saints". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 

The Curland Methodist Chapel has now been converted into a single dwelling.

External links[edit]

Media related to Curland at Wikimedia Commons