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Square stone tower surrounded by trees and grass.
St. Mary's Church
Moorlinch is located in Somerset
Moorlinch shown within Somerset
Population 408 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST399367
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TA7
Dialling code 01458
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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51°07′37″N 2°51′36″W / 51.127°N 2.860°W / 51.127; -2.860Coordinates: 51°07′37″N 2°51′36″W / 51.127°N 2.860°W / 51.127; -2.860

Moorlinch is a village and civil parish where the Polden Hills meet the Somerset Levels in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, England.


The village was known as Mirieling in 971 and the name is believed to come from the Saxon myrge and hlinc meaning pleasant hill.[2]

The parish of Moorlinch was part of the Whitley Hundred.[3]

Moorlinch formed part of the Polden Estate held by Glastonbury Abbey from Saxon times until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Then is descended with Shapwick manor to the Rolle family.[2]

In 1900 the village windmill was demolished and the machinery moved to Ashton windmill in Chapel Allerton.[4]


The parish meeting has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) although it is one of only two parishes in Bridgwater District which do not raise ANY levy on its residents. The parish meeting 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 meetings 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,[5] 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.


Moorlinch SSSI is part of the extensive grazing marsh grasslands and ditch systems of the Somerset Levels and Moors. Lying in the Parrett Basin at the foot of the Polden Hills, the area drains by gravity into the King’s Sedgemoor Drain.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Mary dates from the 13th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[6]


  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. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press Ltd. p. 150. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Coulthard, Alfred J.; Watts, Martin (1978). Windmills of Somerset and the men who worked them. London: Research Publishing Co. pp. 42–44. ISBN 0-7050-0060-5. 
  5. ^ "Brdigwater RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Church of St Mary". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Moorlinch at Wikimedia Commons