Stringston

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Stringston
Stone church with red tiled roofs.
Stringston church
Stringston is located in Somerset
Stringston
Stringston
 Stringston shown within Somerset
Population 116 [1]
OS grid reference ST177424
Civil parish Stringston
District West Somerset
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRIDGWATER
Postcode district TA5
Dialling code 01278
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bridgwater and West Somerset
List of places
UK
England
Somerset

Coordinates: 51°10′32″N 3°10′40″W / 51.1756°N 3.1778°W / 51.1756; -3.1778Stringston is a village and civil parish on the northern edge of the Quantock Hills in the English county of Somerset. The village is 10 miles (16 km) west of Bridgwater, and close to the villages of Holford, Kilve and Stogursey. In 2002, the parish was estimated to have a population of 116.[1]

Besides the village of Stringston itself, the parish includes the settlements of Lilstock and Kilton. Administratively, the civil parish falls within the West Somerset local government district within the Somerset shire county, with administrative tasks shared between county, district and parish councils.[1]

History[edit]

The name of the village means Strenge's settlement and was part of the Acland-Hood estate.[2]

The parishes of Kilton and Lilstock were part of the Williton and Freemanners Hundred.[3]

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 West Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Williton Rural District.[4] 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 Bridgwater and West Somerset 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 Mary dates from the 17th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[5] Within the churchyard is a cross dating from the 14th century,[6] which is on the Heritage at Risk register.[7]

The Church of St. Nicholas in Kilton has a 14th-century chancel, with the lower stages of the tower and nave being added in the late 15th or early 16th century.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Parish Population Statistics". ONS Census 2001. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 201. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  4. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time : Williton Rural District
  5. ^ "Church of St Mary". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Churchyard Cross". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Stringston churchyard cross, Stringston - West Somerset". Heritage at Risk. English Heritage. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Church of St. Nicholas". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 

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