Washford

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For the hamlet by Redditch Industrial Estate of the same name partly in Mappleborough Green, see Redditch. For the neighbourhood of Ashford and Kingsnorth, see Ashford, Kent.
Washford
CleeveAbbeyDormitoryC.jpg
The dormitory, Cleeve Abbey, Washford
Washford is located in Somerset
Washford
Washford
 Washford shown within Somerset
OS grid reference ST045415
Civil parish Old Cleeve
District West Somerset
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WATCHET
Postcode district TA23
Dialling code 01984
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
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Somerset

Coordinates: 51°09′42″N 3°21′55″W / 51.1616°N 3.3653°W / 51.1616; -3.3653

Washford is a village on the Washford River in the civil parish of Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. The village is next to Cleeve Abbey, one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in England.[1] It centred in a valley close to the Bristol Channel on the A39 road 7 miles (11 km) east of the resort town of Minehead and 2 miles (3 km) southwest of the port of Watchet.

History[edit]

For History see, see Old Cleeve.

Geography[edit]

Washford is 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of Old Cleeve. The parish is in West Somerset local government district and Somerset shire county.[2]

Washford railway station is a station on the West Somerset Railway, a steam-operated heritage railway. The station is the headquarters of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust and contains a number of historic artefacts from the Somerset and Dorset Railway.

Since 1933 there has been a broadcasting station at Washford. The front parts of the old transmitter building are now part of the Tropiquaria wildlife park and house their tropical hall, aquarium, the Washford Radio Museum and the Shadowstring Puppet Theatre.

Washford has a primary school, Old Cleeve Church of England School, which currently educates about 100 three- to nine-year-old children. Washford has a few shops, including a Post Office and a hairdresser.

Landmarks[edit]

Washford has a Methodist chapel, which is a Grade II listed building.[3]

The village of Washford has two inns: the Washford Inn and the White Horse Inn, which is a free house.

By the river and preserved watermill is Abbey Mill House, which is 18th-century and is also a listed building.[4]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Washford at Wikimedia Commons