Curry Mallet

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Curry Mallet
Curry Mallet church.jpg
Church of St James, Curry Mallet
Curry Mallet is located in Somerset
Curry Mallet
Curry Mallet
Curry Mallet shown within Somerset
Population 306 {2011}[1]
OS grid reference ST325215
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TAUNTON
Postcode district TA3
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
SomersetCoordinates: 50°59′20″N 2°57′47″W / 50.9889°N 2.9630°W / 50.9889; -2.9630

Curry Mallet (anciently "Cory Mallett")[2] is a village and parish in Somerset, England. It is on the Fivehead River (also known as the River Ile), 7 miles (11.3 km) east of Taunton in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 306.[1]


At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 the manor was held by Roger de Courselles, also the owner of Fisherton in Wiltshire, which was held under Curry.[3] It later passed to the Malet (also spelt as Mallet or Mallett) family,[4] with William Malet, one of the guarantors of the Magna Carta, lord of the manor in 1215. It passed on through the descendants of the Malet family until 1356 when it was sold to Sir Matthew Gourney and his family until 1443 when the estate passed to the king and became part of the Duchy of Cornwall.[5]

Curry Mallet was part of the hundred of Abdick and Bulstone.[6][7]

The Manor house, (Mallet Court) is a Grade II* listed building,[8] includes a Great Hall (or perhaps a barn) of the 15th century, and a small irregular manor house of the late 16th century.[9] It stands on the site of, and incorporates parts of, the castle built by William Malet, a Norman knight, who fought at the Battle of Hastings.The entrance hall extension and other parts were upgraded and connected with the main house c 1939 by Clough Williams-Ellis whose client was the Selous family. The Manor House was lived in by the Pyne family who are buried in an Elizabethan family tomb to be found in the Mallet Chapel in the village Church of St James. Elizabeth II visited the house as part of her duties when she was head of the Duchy of Cornwall. The house is associated with the memory of Derek Jarman, film-maker, artist and gay activist.

In World War II, pillboxes were placed in the village as part of the Taunton Stop Line.


Road sign on junction. In the background is a building partially obscured by a tree.
Pope's Cross

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 South Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Langport Rural District.[10] The district council 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 a 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]

The parish Church of St James has 13th-century origins and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[11]


Curry Mallet Primary School is the small community Church of England school located within the village.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Old spelling used especially in genealogies of the Poyntz family, "lords of Cory Mallett", who inherited the manor by marriage c.1217 to Helewise Malet (Sanders, I.J. English Baronies, Oxford, 1960, pp.38-9)
  3. ^ William Henry Jones, Domesday for Wiltshire: extracted from accurate copies of the original (1865), p. 216 online at
  4. ^ "Malet/Mallet of Curry Mallet Somerset c1130". Mallett Family History. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 79. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  6. ^ "Abdick and Bulstone Hundred Through Time". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Abdick and Bulstone in South Somerset". A Vision Britain Through Time. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Manor House". National heritage list for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Manor House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Langport RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Church of St James". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Curry Mallet Primary School". Curry Mallet Primary School. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

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