Marston Magna

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Marston Magna
Stone building with square tower.
Church of St Mary, Marston Magna
Marston Magna is located in Somerset
Marston Magna
Marston Magna
Marston Magna shown within Somerset
Population 523 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST591224
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YEOVIL
Postcode district BA22 8
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°59′58″N 2°35′02″W / 50.9994°N 2.5839°W / 50.9994; -2.5839Coordinates: 50°59′58″N 2°35′02″W / 50.9994°N 2.5839°W / 50.9994; -2.5839

Marston Magna (also known as Broad or Great Marston) is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Yeovil in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 523.[1]


The name Marston Magna means larger settlement by a marsh.[2]

It was held as nine separate estates before the Norman Conquest.[2]

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

The site of the medieval manor house survives as a moat and fish ponds south of the village.[2]

In the early 18th century the estate was held by Sir John St Barbe, 1st Baronet (d.1723) and was passed on through the families of Ashington and Sydenham of Combe, Dulverton, Somerset.[2]


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 Yeovil Rural District.[4] 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. Marston Magna is part of the electoral ward of Camelot.[5]

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 Somerton and Frome 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.


The manor house on Church Green dates from 1613.[6]

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Mary can date its origins to before the Norman Conquest, however the present building largely dates from around 1360, with further rebuilding in the 15th century. It has been designated as a grade I listed building.[7] The church was held by Polsloe Priory, near Exeter from the 12th century until the dissolution of the monasteries.[2]

The Village in Fiction[edit]

In the 1992 novel The English Patient, Marston Magna features as the home of the character Madox. In the novel, Madox travels by bus to the nearby town of Yeovil and commits suicide in an unnamed church there.

In the film of the book, the character is referred to in Anthony Minghella's screenplay as coming from the county of Dorset.


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press Ltd. p. 137. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Yeovil RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Ordnance Survey Election maps
  6. ^ "Manor House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Church of St Mary". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Marston Magna at Wikimedia Commons