Claverton, Somerset

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Gray stone building with slate roof. Attached to the right is a wooden structure over water, partially obscured by trees
Claverton Pumping Station
Claverton is located in Somerset
Claverton shown within Somerset
Population 115 [1]
OS grid reference ST784642
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BATH
Postcode district BA2
Dialling code 01225
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°22′36″N 2°18′40″W / 51.3768°N 2.3110°W / 51.3768; -2.3110Coordinates: 51°22′36″N 2°18′40″W / 51.3768°N 2.3110°W / 51.3768; -2.3110

Claverton is a small village and civil parish about 2 miles (3 km) east of Bath at the southern end of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Somerset, England. The parish has a population of 115.[1]


The parish was part of the hundred of Hampton.[2]

Claverton Pumping Station is a pumping station, which pumps water from the River Avon to the Kennet and Avon Canal using power from the flow of the River Avon.[3] It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[4]

The American Museum in Britain is based at Claverton Manor, in a house designed by Jeffry Wyattville and built in the 1820s.[5] (Grid reference ST 785640). It is a Grade I listed building.[6]

Claverton was recognised as being of special architectural and historic interest and was designated a Conservation Area in November 1981.[7]


The parish falls within the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset which was created in 1996, as established by the Local Government Act 1992. It provides a single tier of local government with responsibility for almost all local government functions within its area including local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection, recycling, cemeteries, crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism. It is also responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning, although fire, police and ambulance services are provided jointly with other authorities through the Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Great Western Ambulance Service.

Bath and North East Somerset's area covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters is in Bath. Between 1 April 1974 and 1 April 1996, it was the Wansdyke district and the City of Bath of the county of Avon.[8] Before 1974 that the parish was part of the Bathavon Rural District.[9]

The Claverton parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover its own operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council is consulted on local planning applications and works with the local police, unitary 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, such as the village hall or community centre, playing fields and playgrounds. It consults with the unitary council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Its views are also sought on conservation matters, including trees and listed buildings, and on environmental issues.

Claverton is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of North East Somerset, which elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election. It is also 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]

Mausoleum containing the tomb of Ralph Allen

The church of St Mary the Virgin has a Norman tower and contains a peal of six bells including three dated 1637. Other parts of the church date from the 13th century, but underwent extensive renovation in 1858.[10][11] Ralph Allen of Prior Park is buried in a pyramid-topped tomb in Claverton churchyard.[12]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Claverton Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Claverton Pumping Station". Claverton Pumping Station. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Claverton Pumping Station". Images of England. Retrieved 9 May 2007. 
  5. ^ Garden Visit website
  6. ^ "Claverton Manor (The American Museum)". Images of England. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2006. 
  7. ^ "Claverton Conservation Character Appraisal". Bath and North East Somerset Council. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". HMSO. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Bathavon RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "St Mary the Virgin Church, Claverton". The benefice of St Nicholas, Bathampton & St Mary the Virgin, Claverton. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "St Mary's Church". Images of England. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Mausoleum to Ralph Allen, in churchyard to south of St Mary's Church". Images of England. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Rod (2008). A Sacred landscape: The prehistory of Bathampton Down. Bath: Millstream Books. pp. 58–59. ISBN 978-0-948975-86-8. 

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