Langford Budville

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Langford Budville
Church tower seen across fields
Church of St. Peter, Langford Budville
Langford Budville is located in Somerset
Langford Budville
Langford Budville
 Langford Budville shown within Somerset
Population 535 [1]
OS grid reference ST111229
District Taunton Deane
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WELLINGTON
Postcode district TA21
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
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England
Somerset

Coordinates: 50°59′56″N 3°16′01″W / 50.9989°N 3.2669°W / 50.9989; -3.2669

Langford Budville is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated near the River Tone 2 miles (3.2 km) miles north-west of Wellington, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from Wiveliscombe and 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. The parish includes the hamlets of Bindon, Lower Chipley, Lower Wellisford, Ramsey and Runnington. The parish has a population of 535.[1]

Langford Budville has a few basic facilities; like most villages it has a church (St Peter's), a public house (The Martlet), and a school (Langford Budville[2]) There is also a hotel.[3]

History[edit]

The parishes of Langford Budville and Runnington were part of the Milverton Hundred,[4]

In the 1830s the Grand Western Canal was built which included the construction of Harpford Bridge at Langford Budville;[5] a new warehouse was also built.[6]

1973 UFO Incident[edit]

On 16 October 1973, it is alleged that Gabriella Versacci was abducted by aliens[7] whilst driving near to the village. She saw a stationary light in the sky, like a headlight, and at the same time, the engine of her car completely lost all power. She claims she was taken on board a 'half-moon'-shaped space ship or extraterrestrial vehicle, in between moments where she had blacked out, upon which she was physically examined when naked by three alien beings, including taking a blood sample; the aliens spoke perfect English. One of the aliens raped her, after she had been rendered temporarily immobile with a kind of anaesthetic issued from a small device placed on her thigh. This type of incident is designated a close encounter of the fourth kind.

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.[8] 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.

Geography[edit]

Nearby is the Langford Heathfield Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Landmarks[edit]

Bindon House has 17th-century origins but received a new front in the 19th century. Around 1865 the west wing and entrance porch were added, and around 1880 the Flemish gables and east wing were added. The east wing was demolished in the 1930s. The porch gable end of the south front has square pilasters with a crest of the Warre family. The property was purchased by Henry Warre in 1862, having previously been tenanted by relatives of Spencer Perceval, the Prime Minister murdered in 1812.[9]

The cloth finishing works at Tone Mill is included in the Heritage at Risk Register produced by English Heritage.[10]

Religious sites[edit]

The church of St Peter dates from the 15th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[11] Until 1863 Langford Budville was a chapelry of Milverton, and in 1930 Runnington was united with the benefice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ C of E school
  3. ^ Bindon House Hotel
  4. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Harpford Bridge over remains of Grand Western Canal, Langford Budville". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Warehouse about 25 metres west of Harpford Bridge, Langford Budville". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  7. ^ abducted by aliens
  8. ^ "Wellington RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bindon House". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  10. ^ "South West England". Heritage at Risk. English Heritage. p. 190. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Church of St Peter". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 

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