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Stone building with tiled roof and square tower, surrounded by vegetation.
Church of St Martin, Elworthy
Elworthy is located in Somerset
Location within Somerset
Population103 [1]
OS grid referenceST083349
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTAUNTON
Postcode districtTA4
Dialling code01483
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°06′23″N 3°18′36″W / 51.1064°N 3.3101°W / 51.1064; -3.3101Coordinates: 51°06′23″N 3°18′36″W / 51.1064°N 3.3101°W / 51.1064; -3.3101

Elworthy is a small village and civil parish in the Brendon Hills 5 miles (8 km) south-east of Watchet, and 12 miles (19 km) west of Taunton, in the Somerset West and Taunton district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the hamlet of Willett.


On the Brendon Hills, about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the village, are the Elworthy Burroughs, a British encampment, and several tumuli.[2]

The parish of Elworthy was part of the Williton and Freemanners Hundred.[3]

Willett House was built around 1816 as a country house by Richard Carver (Architect) for Daniel Blommert.[4] In the grounds is the Willett Tower a 15 metres (49.2 ft) high folly in the form of a ruined church tower.[5] Its date of construction is uncertain but it was recorded in 1791 and is believed[6] to have been built in 1774 with funds raised of £130 by public subscription.[6]


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 Somerset West and Taunton, which was established on 1 April 2019. It was previously in the district of West Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and part of Williton Rural District before that.[7] 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 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.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Martin, dedicated to St Martin of Tours, dates from the 13th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[8] The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Samuel Charles Elworthy, Baron Elworthy KG GCB CBE DSO LVO DFC AFC (23 March 1911 – 4 April 1993) was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force and was made a life peer as Baron Elworthy, of Timaru in New Zealand and of Elworthy.


  1. ^ "Parish Population Statistics" (PDF). ONS Census 2001. Somerset County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 November 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. pp. 94. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Willett House (1057561)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Willett Tower (1057562)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  6. ^ a b Holt, Jonathan (2007). Somerset Follies. Bath: Akeman Press. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-9546138-7-7.
  7. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time : Williton Rural District Archived 23 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Martin (1057601)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  9. ^ "St Martin of Tours, Elworthy". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Elworthy at Wikimedia Commons