Coordinates: 50°59′54″N 2°55′14″W / 50.9982°N 2.9205°W / 50.9982; -2.9205
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Stone building with square tower, separated from the road in the foreground by a stone wall.
Fivehead is located in Somerset
Location within Somerset
Population609 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST355225
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTAUNTON
Postcode districtTA3
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
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50°59′54″N 2°55′14″W / 50.9982°N 2.9205°W / 50.9982; -2.9205

Fivehead is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated on the Fivehead River, 8 miles (12.9 km) east of Taunton in the South Somerset district. In 2011 the parish, which includes the hamlet of Swell, had a population of 609.[1]


The name of the village comes from a Domesday manor which measured five hides (about 600 acres (242.8 ha).[2]

Fivehead was part of the hundred of Abdick and Bulstone.[3][4]

Swell Court Farmhouse dates from the mid to late 15th century.[5]

Cathanger manor house dates from 1559,[6] with Langford Manor having been built around the same period.[7]

Nearby was RAF Merryfield, a World War II airfield.


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.[8] 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.

Fivehead 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 was part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament prior to Britain leaving the European Union in January 2020, which elected seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.


There are two nearby Sites of Special Scientific Interest at Fivehead Arable Fields and Fivehead Woods and Meadow.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St. Catherine in Swell Lane dates from the 12th century,[9] while the Church of St. Martin in the village is slightly more recent dating from the 13th century.[10] Both are grade I listed buildings.

Notable residents[edit]

  • John Barnwell – Somerset cricketer died in the village in 1998.


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. pp. 100–101. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. ^ "Abdick and Bulstone Hundred Through Time". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Abdick and Bulstone in South Somerset". A Vision Britain Through Time. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Swell Court Farmhouse (1249582)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Cathanger (1263673)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Langford Manor (1263649)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Langport RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Church of St. Catherine (1249584)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Church of St. Martin (1249564)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 October 2008.

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