Enmore, Somerset

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Square stone tower of church with residential buildings. In the foreground grass field contained by wooden fences.
Church of St Michael, Enmore
Enmore is located in Somerset
Enmore shown within Somerset
Population 247 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST240351
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TA5
Dialling code 01278
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
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51°06′40″N 3°05′13″W / 51.111°N 3.087°W / 51.111; -3.087Coordinates: 51°06′40″N 3°05′13″W / 51.111°N 3.087°W / 51.111; -3.087

Enmore is a village and civil parish 2 miles (3 km) west of Bridgwater on the Quantock Hills in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the hamlet of Bare Ash.


The parish name means Duck marsh.[2]

In the Domesday book of 1086, Enmore contained 8 families.[3] From around 1100 the manor was held by the Malet family, with Sir Baldwin Malet obtaining a grant of a Monday market and three-day fair in 1401.[2]

Enmore was part of the hundred of Andersfield.[4]

Barford House sits in a landscaped park. It was built around 1710 for the Jeanes family.[5]

Enmore Castle

Enmore Castle, built between 1751 and 1756 for John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont, received 'the dismissive mockery of Horace Walpole'.[6] Much of the building, including the offices and stables, were underground and accessed via the dry moat. The Percevals were forced to sell the castle in 1833 to pay off debts. It was bought by Nicholas Broadmead who subsequently demolished a large proportion of the building the following year. The castle once again underwent major change in 1930 when H. H. Broadmead demolished even more of the old building.[7] The remaining portion is now divided into two dwellings.[8]


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 Sedgemoor, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Bridgwater Rural District,[9] which 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, 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.


Enmore County Primary School is believed to have opened in 1810 probably in a cottage very close to the church. It was the first Free National School in England. The present fabric dates from 1848 and was built by a local family, the Loxtons.[10]

Leisure and Recreation[edit]

Locating in the village in 1932, Enmore Park Golf Club is one of the largest attractions in the village, and is located towards the centre of the village

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Michael has 13th-century origins but the present building is largely from the 15th century. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[11]


  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. pp. 95–96. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ Havinden, Michael. The Somerset Landscape. The making of the English landscape. London: Hodder and Stoughton. p. 97. ISBN 0-340-20116-9. 
  4. ^ "Andersfield hundred through time". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Barford House and outbuilding wing at rear". Images of England. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  6. ^ Against the Time in Which the Fabric and Use of Gunpowder Shall Be Forgotten: Enmore Castle, Its Origins and Its Architect Tim Mowl 1990
  7. ^ Mansfield, Paul (2005). Enmore the History of a Somerset Parish. Cardiff: Privately published. pp. 11–26. 
  8. ^ "Enmore Castle with service court outbuildings and undercroft". Images of England. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Brdigwater RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Enmore County Primary School and forecourt wall". Images of England. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  11. ^ "Church of St. Michael". Images of England. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 

External links[edit]

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