Grade I listed buildings in West Somerset

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West Somerset is a local government district in the English county of Somerset. In the United Kingdom, the term listed building refers to a building or other structure officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance; Grade I structures are those considered to be "buildings of exceptional interest".[1] Listing was begun by a provision in the Town and Country Planning Act 1947. Once listed, severe restrictions are imposed on the modifications allowed to a building's structure or its fittings. In England, the authority for listing under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990[2] rests with English Heritage, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; local authorities have a responsibility to regulate and enforce the planning regulations.

The district of West Somerset covers a largely rural area, with a population, according to the 2001 census, of 35,075[3] in an area of 740 square kilometres (290 sq mi).[4] The largest centres of population are the coastal towns of Minehead and Watchet. The council's administrative headquarters are in the village of Williton.

There are 33 Grade I listed buildings in West Somerset. The oldest is either Culbone Church, one of the smallest churches in England,[5] and pre-Norman in origin,[6] or Tarr Steps, which may originate in the Bronze Age, although other sources date them from around 1400.[7] Dunster has the greatest concentration of Grade I listed buildings, including Dunster Castle, which was built in 1617 on a site which had supported a castle for the previous 600 years;[8] the Yarn Market, which was built in 1609;[9] Gallox Bridge, which dates from the 15th century[10] and the Priory Church of St George which is predominately from the 15th century but includes part of the earlier church on the same site.[11] Other sites include manor houses such as the medieval buildings at Nettlecombe Court[12] and Orchard Wyndham.[13] Somerset has many religious structures, most of which are from the Norman or medieval eras. Some of the churches are part of the Somerset towers, a collection mostly spireless Gothic church towers.

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  1. ^ The date given is the date used by English Heritage as significant for the initial building or that of an important part in the building's description.
  2. ^ Sometimes known as OSGB36, the grid reference is based on the British national grid reference system used by the Ordnance Survey.
  3. ^ The "List Entry Number" is a unique number assigned to each listed building by English Heritage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is a listed building?". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (c. 9)". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Community and Living". West Somerset Council. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  4. ^ "West Somerset (Local Authority): Key Figures for Physical Environment". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Parish Churches". Somerset County archives. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Culbone church". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  7. ^ "Tarr Steps". Everything Exmoor. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  8. ^ a b "Dunster Castle and gatehouse". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Yarn Market". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Gallox Bridge". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Priory Church of St George". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Leonard Wills Field Centre". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Orchard Wyndham". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "All Saints Church". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bratton Court". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Church of All Saints". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Church of All Saints". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Church of All Saints". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Church of St Andrew". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Church of St Andrew". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Church of St Decuman". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Church of St Dubricius". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Church of St George". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Church of St John the Baptist". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "Church of St Mary". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "Church of St Mary". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Church of St Mary Magdalene". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  28. ^ "Church of St Mary the Virgin". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "Church of St Nicholas". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Church of St Nicholas". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  31. ^ "Church of St Peter". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  32. ^ "Church of St Petrock". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  33. ^ "Church of the Holy Ghost". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  34. ^ "Cleeve Abbey". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  35. ^ "Combe Sydenham". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  36. ^ "Court House". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  37. ^ "Crowcombe Court and attached stables to west". English Heritage. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  38. ^ "Culbone Church". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  39. ^ "Gatehouse and barn abutting west end at Bratton Court". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  40. ^ "Tarr Steps". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 

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