Brent Knoll (village)

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Brent Knoll
Brent Knoll vicarage.jpg
Brent Knoll church and vicarage
Brent Knoll is located in Somerset
Brent Knoll
Brent Knoll
Brent Knoll shown within Somerset
Population 1,271 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST334505
Civil parish
  • Brent Knoll
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TA9
Dialling code 01278
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′00″N 2°57′14″W / 51.250°N 2.954°W / 51.250; -2.954Coordinates: 51°15′00″N 2°57′14″W / 51.250°N 2.954°W / 51.250; -2.954

Brent Knoll, formerly known as South Brent, is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, which lies on the southern edge of Brent Knoll – a hill with a height of 137 metres (450 ft) that dominates the low surrounding landscape of the Somerset Levels.


The village of Brent Knoll lies at the south west base of the hill. Between 1875 and 1883 the village name was changed from South Brent to Brent Knoll to avoid rail passenger confusion with the village of South Brent in Devon.

Brent Knoll railway station located at the western extremity of the village, was built as part of the Bristol and Exeter Railway and operated from 1875 until its closure on 4 January 1971.

Somerset Court, located at the eastern end of the village was built in the late 18th century and is a Grade II listed building.[2] From 1940 until 1968, it housed Hill Brow Preparatory School for Boys and since 1974 it has been occupied by the National Autistic Society who use it as one of its main centres for the care of autistic adults.[3]


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,[4] 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.

The village is in 'Knoll' electoral ward. Although Brent Knoll is the most populous area the ward stretches south to East Huntspill and north to Lympsham. The total population of the ward taken from the 2011 census was 5,016.[5]

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]

Church of St Michael

The Church of St Michael dates back to the 11th century but has undergone several renovations since. The tower contains a bell dating from 1777 and made by William Bilbie of the Bilbie family.[6] Within the church are three notable bench ends depicting anti-clerical legends of the Fox.[7] It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.[8]

See also[edit]

  • Brent Knoll Camp - an Iron Age hill fort on the top of the hill next to the village


  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Somerset Court". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Somerset service". National Autistic Society. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Axbridge RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Knoll ward 2011.Retrieved 6 March 2015.". 
  6. ^ Moore, James; Roy Rice; Ernest Hucker (1995). Bilbie and the Chew Valley clock makers. The authors. ISBN 0-9526702-0-8. 
  7. ^ Chamberlin, E.R. The English Parish Church. ISBN 0-340-58650-8. 
  8. ^ "Church of St Michael". Images of England. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2007-10-05.