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Small stone building with arched doorway. The church is partially obscured by trees.
St Philips & St James Church
Farmhouse, North of Burtle - geograph.org.uk - 117513.jpg
Farmhouse, North of Burtle
Burtle is located in Somerset
Burtle shown within Somerset
Population 388 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST3942
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bridgwater
Postcode district TA7
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°10′N 2°52′W / 51.17°N 02.87°W / 51.17; -02.87Coordinates: 51°10′N 2°52′W / 51.17°N 02.87°W / 51.17; -02.87

Burtle is a village and civil parish on the Somerset Levels in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, England.


Burtle Priory (also known as Burtle Moor Priory) originated as a hermitage on a site called Sprauellissmede, endowed by William son of Godfrey of Eddington in 1199. It was later known as St Stephens chapel and by 1312 a house of the Augustinian Canons Regular.[2]

It is close to the village of Edington and between them was Edington Burtle station on a branch of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, which opened in 1890 and closed on 7 March 1966.


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 Bridgwater Rural District,[3] 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 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.

Educational and religious sites[edit]

The Anglican Church of St Philip and St James was built in 1838-9 by Richard Carver, the County Architect and Surveyor.[4]

Burtle is home to the lower school of Shapwick School, known as Shapwick Prep. The special school for children with dyslexia was established in 1974 by Colin Atkinson, a former cricketer for Somerset County Cricket Club and head of Millfield. Originally called the Chalice School, it was expanded and renamed to Edington Senior School in 1981, before merging with Shapwick Senior School.[5]


  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. p. 54. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Brdigwater RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Church of St Philip and St James". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "The Development of Shapwick School". Shapwick School. Archived from the original on 29 September 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 

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