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Stone building with square tower. In the foreground are gravestones.
Church of St Congar
Badgworth is located in Somerset
Badgworth shown within Somerset
Population 525 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST395525
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town AXBRIDGE
Postcode district BS26
Dialling code 01934
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°16′05″N 2°52′08″W / 51.268°N 2.869°W / 51.268; -2.869Coordinates: 51°16′05″N 2°52′08″W / 51.268°N 2.869°W / 51.268; -2.869

Badgworth is a village and civil parish in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, England, 2 miles (3.2 km) south west of Axbridge. According to the 2011 census it had a population of 525.[1]

The village is home to an equestrian centre known as the Badgworth Arena.


The ancient village was named W. Bagewerre in 1086.[2] The modern parish includes the villages of Biddisham where the Church of St John The Baptist dates from the 13th century but was rebuilt in the 15th century,[3] and Tarnock the name of which is believed to be Brythonic in origin.

Late Iron Age and Romano-British pottery was found at a kiln site in the village in the 1830s. It consisted primarily of jars with bead rims and bowls with flanged or rolled rims.[4]

The parish of Badgeworth was part of the Winterstoke Hundred,[5] while Biddisham was part of the Bempstone hundred.[6] A map of Winterstoake Hundred from the year 1645 shows the village name as Baddesworh; on the map, the hundred contains the parish although a later hand added a bold hundred boundary line that incorrectly separated the parish from its hundred.[7]

Badgworth Court is a Grade II-listed Georgian manor house.[8]


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 Sedgemoor, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Axbridge Rural District,[9] which 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 Wells 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]

In Badgworth the Church of St Congar, which takes its name from Congar of Congresbury, dates from the 14th century with further work in the 16th century including the west tower, which contains a bell dating from 1791 and made by Thomas and James Bilbie of the Bilbie family.[10] It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[11] The church is on the Heritage at Risk register due to damage to the walls and tower.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Open Domesday Online: Badgworth
  3. ^ "Church of St John The Baptist". Images of England. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Leech, R.H. (1977). "Late Iron Age and Romano-British Briquetage sites at Quarrylands Lane, Badgworth". Somerset Archaeol Nat Hist. 121: (89–96), 91–93. 
  5. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bempstone Hundred". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  7. ^ 1645 Map of the Hundred of Winterstoke
  8. ^ "Badgworth Court". Daily Telegraph. 
  9. ^ "Axbridge RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Moore, James; Rice, Roy; Hucker, Ernest (1995). Bilbie and the Chew Valley clock makers. The authors. ISBN 0-9526702-0-8. 
  11. ^ "Church of St Congar". Images of England. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  12. ^ "Church of St Congar, Church Lane, Badgworth - Sedgemoor". Heritage at Risk. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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