Dunkerton, Somerset

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Geograph 3202937 All Saints church, Dunkerton.jpg
All Saint's Church in Dunkerton
Dunkerton is located in Somerset
Dunkerton shown within Somerset
Population 502 [1]
OS grid reference ST710593
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BATH
Postcode district BA2
Dialling code 01761
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°19′59″N 2°25′01″W / 51.333°N 2.417°W / 51.333; -2.417Coordinates: 51°19′59″N 2°25′01″W / 51.333°N 2.417°W / 51.333; -2.417

Dunkerton is a small village in the civil parish of Dunkerton and Tunley, 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Radstock, and 5 miles (8.0 km) south west of Bath, in the Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, England. The parish has a population of 502.[1]


The parish of Dunkerton was part of the Wellow Hundred.[2] It was called Duncretone in the Domesday Survey,[3] and had earlier been held by a thegn named Alwold "the bald" in the reign of Edward the Confessor, who was possibly Alwold of Stevington. After the conquest it was granted along with other fiefs to a tenant called Turstin FitzRolf aka Tosteins Fitz-Rou aka “le Blanc” of the Bec-en-Caux region of Normandy who was described as a valiant warrior at the Battle of Hastings.[3]

In the 18th and 19th century Dunkerton was surrounded by several coal mines on the Somerset coalfield. Evidence remains in the powderhouse, which dates from 1870 and is a Grade II listed building.[4] The mine was the site of riots in 1908–09 about the working conditions in the Dunkerton Pit.[5]

Parts of the Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt were filmed at the disused Dunkerton Colliery.


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, such as the village hall or community centre, playing fields and playgrounds, 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 of interest to the council.

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.[6] Before 1974 that the parish was part of the Bathavon Rural District.[7]

The parish is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of North East Somerset. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) 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]

All Saints' Church dates from the 14th century and is a Grade II* listed building.[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dunkerton Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "'Text of the Somerset Domesday: Part 2', in A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 1,". British History Online. Victoria County History,. Retrieved 21 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "Powderhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 20 November 2006. 
  5. ^ Down, C.G.; A. J. Warrington (2005). The history of the Somerset coalfield. Radstock: Radstock Museum. ISBN 0-9551684-0-6. 
  6. ^ "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". HMSO. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Bathavon RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "All Saints Church". Images of England. Retrieved 20 November 2006. 
  9. ^ Twentyman, Geoff. "Twentyman Talks Back: 19 March 2009". BBC. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Marshall, Tyrone. "Clarets striker Ashley Barnes proud of journey from Paulton Rovers to Premier League". This is Lancashire. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 

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