Curry Rivel

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Curry Rivel
Stone building with a road in the foregrond. In the background is the quare tower of a church.
Manor Farmhouse and Church of St Andrew
Curry Rivel is located in Somerset
Curry Rivel
Curry Rivel
Location within Somerset
Population2,148 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST395255
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTA10
Dialling code01458
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°01′32″N 2°51′50″W / 51.0256°N 2.8640°W / 51.0256; -2.8640Coordinates: 51°01′32″N 2°51′50″W / 51.0256°N 2.8640°W / 51.0256; -2.8640

Curry Rivel is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Somerton and 10 miles (16.1 km) east of Taunton in the South Somerset district. The parish has a population of 2,148.[1] The parish includes the hamlet of Burton Pynsent.


The site of a Roman house has been discovered south of Fairview House. The site is on the Heritage at Risk register due to ploughing.[2][3]

The unusual name Curry Rivel, comes from the Celtic word crwy, meaning boundary and Rivel from its 12th century landlord Sir Richard Revel.[4]

In 1237 the king granted Henry de l'Orti a licence to empark his woods in Curry Rivel separating it from the control of the foresters of Castle Neroche.[5]

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

Notable structures[edit]

Burton Pynsent Monument

Earnshill House was built in 1725 by John Strachan for Henry Combe, a prominent Bristol merchant.[8]

Burton Pynsent House was built around 1756 for William Pitt, after he inherited the estate from Sir William Pynsent, 2nd Baronet.[9] It formed part of a wing on a larger earlier house, that was demolished around 1805. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[10] The grounds were laid out in the mid 18th century by Lancelot Brown and William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, and include early 20th century formal gardens designed by Harold Peto.[11] The Chatham Vase is a stone sculpture commissioned as a memorial to William Pitt the Elder by his wife, Hester, Countess of Chatham. It was originally erected at their house in Burton Pynsent, in 1781, and moved to the grounds of Chevening House in 1934, where it currently resides.

The 140 feet (43 m) Pynsent Column (also known as the Curry Rivel Column, Burton Pynsent Monument, Pynsent Steeple or Cider Monument)[12] stands on Troy Hill, a spur of high ground about 700 m north-east of the house. It was designed in the 18th century by Capability Brown for William Pitt.[4][13] It was restored in the 1990s by the John Paul Getty Trust and English Heritage.[12]

Midelney Place is a Victorian architecture country house, completed in 1866. GradeII listed and privately owned, it is set in 26 acres (11 ha) of landscaped grounds.[14]


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.[15] 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. The population of this electoral ward at the 2011 Census was 2,527.[16]

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.

There is an electoral ward of the same name. The ward extends beyond Curry Rivel to include Midelney. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 2,527.[17]

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.

Religious sites[edit]

The Anglican parish Church of St Andrew dates from the 13th century and is designated as a Grade I listed building.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Supposed Roman Villa, Fair View House, Hambridge". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Roman house south of Fair View House, Curry Rivel - South Somerset". Heritage at Risk. English Heritage. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Curry Rivel Column (Burton Pynsent)". Folly Towers. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  5. ^ Bond, James (1998). Somerset Parks and Gardens. Somerset Books. p. 25. ISBN 978-0861834655.
  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. ^ "Earnshill House". English Heritage. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Burton Pynsent, Yeovil, England". Parks & Gardens UK. Parks and Gardens Data Services Limited (PGDS). Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Burton Pynsent House". English Heritage. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  11. ^ "Burton Pynsent". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  12. ^ a b Holt, Jonathan. Somerset Follies. Akeman Press. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-0-9546138-7-7.
  13. ^ "Burton Pynsent Monument". English Heritage. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Langport RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Church of St Andrew". English Heritage. Retrieved 12 October 2008.

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