Hardington Mandeville

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Hardington Mandeville
Broadstone Villas Hardington Mandeville - geograph.org.uk - 489514.jpg
Broadstone Villas
Two storey stone houses with a road in front.
Hardington Moor
Hardington Mandeville is located in Somerset
Hardington Mandeville
Hardington Mandeville
Hardington Mandeville shown within Somerset
Population 585 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST515115
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YEOVIL
Postcode district BA22 9
Dialling code 01935
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°54′03″N 2°41′28″W / 50.9009°N 2.6910°W / 50.9009; -2.6910Coordinates: 50°54′03″N 2°41′28″W / 50.9009°N 2.6910°W / 50.9009; -2.6910

Hardington Mandeville is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 3 miles (4.8 km) south west of Yeovil in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 585.[1]


The Hardington part of the name of the village means settlement of Heardred's people.[2]

The manor was held before the Norman Conquest by Gunhilda, the daughter of Godwin, Earl of Wessex and then by William the Conqueror. during the 12th century it was granted to the Mandeville family, from which the second part of the name is taken. It was later held by the Portmans of Orchard Portman.[2]

The parish was part of the hundred of Houndsborough.[3]

Local councillor and village resident Cathy Bakewell was made Baroness of Hardington Mandeville in 2013.[4][5]


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 town 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 Yeovil Rural District.[6] 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 Yeovil 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.


Nearby is the Hardington Moor biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve where the meadows are examples of species-rich unimproved neutral grassland, which is now nationally rare. The rare French oat-grass is very abundant on the site and the fields are home to a wide variety of plant species, most notably adder's tongue, corky-fruited water-dropwort and large numbers of green-winged orchid. Invertebrates found at the site include butterflies such as gatekeeper, small tortoiseshell and common blue. Less commonly seen are large skipper, green-veined white and green hairstreak.[7]

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of Saint Mary was rebuilt in 1123 on the site of an earlier church. It has had renovation work in the 15th century and again in 1864. The circular font is thought to be original dating from 1123, and the clock mechanism was built and installed before 1707. There are 6 bells in the tower, 3 of which are from the Purdue (Closworth) foundry, with the earliest being dated 1591. It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.[8]


  1. ^ a b "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. p. 111. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "South Somerset District Council Councillor Cathy Bakewell to become Baroness". South Somerset District Council. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ WG_JTaylor (2 August 2013). "Coker councillor Cathy Bakewell "thrilled" to be named as Baroness". Western Gazette. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Yeovil RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Hardington Moor NNR
  8. ^ "Church of Saint Mary". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 

External links[edit]

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