Berkley, Somerset

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Berkley
Yellow stone building with prominent square tower. Trees to left and right of the path leading to the building.
Church of St Mary, Berkley
Berkley is located in Somerset
Berkley
Berkley
Berkley shown within Somerset
Population 344 [1]
OS grid reference ST810493
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FROME
Postcode district BA11 0
Dialling code 01373
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Somerset
51°14′33″N 2°16′17″W / 51.2424°N 2.2715°W / 51.2424; -2.2715Coordinates: 51°14′33″N 2°16′17″W / 51.2424°N 2.2715°W / 51.2424; -2.2715

Berkley (grid reference ST810493) is a village and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. According to the 2011 census it had a population of 344.[1] The village is north-east of Frome.

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 Mendip, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Frome Rural District,[2] 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 Somerton and Frome 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.

Church[edit]

The Church of St Mary, which was erected in 1751, is dedicated to St Mary, and includes a recently restored organ.[3] It is a Grade II* listed building.[4]

School[edit]

Berkley First School is a small village school catering for 4 to 9 year olds.

Famous residents[edit]

Alexander Barclay, author of The Ship of Fools, was a native of this village. He died in 1552.

Other Listed Buildings[edit]

  • "Barn, About 100m SW of church". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Barn, About 50m N of Home Farm". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Barn, about 60 metres South of Home Farm Farmhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Berkley Grange". Images of England. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  • "Berkley House". Images of England. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  • "Gate piers and side walls and piers, about 180 metres North, Church of St Mary". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Granary at Home Farm Farmhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Home Farm Farmhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Home Farm Farmhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Stables at Berkley House". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Fairoak Farmhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "The Pheasantry". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Berkley Lodge". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  • "Redbridge Cottage". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Berkley Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Frome RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  3. ^ "St Mary's Church, Berkley, Somerset, UK BA11 5JH". Beckington.org. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  4. ^ "Church of St Mary". Images of England. Retrieved 28 June 2006.

External links[edit]

Media related to Berkley at Wikimedia Commons