Horton, Somerset

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Stone building with thatched roof. In the foreground are cars separated from the road by a stone wall.
A thatched cottage in Horton
Horton is located in Somerset
Horton shown within Somerset
Population 812 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST320147
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TA19 9
Dialling code 01460
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°55′42″N 2°58′07″W / 50.9282°N 2.9687°W / 50.9282; -2.9687Coordinates: 50°55′42″N 2°58′07″W / 50.9282°N 2.9687°W / 50.9282; -2.9687

Horton is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Chard in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 812.[1]


It is first attested as Horton in 1242. The place-name Horton is a common one in England. It derives from Old English horu 'dirt' and tūn 'settlement, farm, estate', presumably meaning 'farm on muddy soil'.[2]

In 1782 the Ilminster Turnpike Trust constructed Jordans Bridge to carry the main road over a stream.[3]

In 1880 Horton House was built as the manor house. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[4]

During the late 1970s a small group of children from Channells Lane in Horton got together to form a club called "The Sword Of Justice". They decided to try to raise some money for charity and arranged a village fete to raise money for Dr Barnardos. The fete proved very popular and was repeated the following year to raise money for the then very ropey playing field in the village. Again it was a great success and the yearly fete has since gone on to become a very important part of the village's social calendar, known as "Horton fete and flower show" from 2006. The money raised In previous years has been used to build a replacement village hall at the north side of the village. The Horton Flower Show is where local green-fingered individuals can compete for prizes and prestige, amongst which are the biggest marrow competition or best fairy cake.


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 Chard Rural District.[5] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. HORTON.
  3. ^ "Jordans Bridge". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ "Horton House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Chard RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 

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