North Barrow

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North Barrow
Stone building with square tower, surrounded by trees.
Church of St Nicholas, North Barrow
North Barrow is located in Somerset
North Barrow
North Barrow
North Barrow shown within Somerset
Population142 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST605295
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCastle Cary
Postcode districtBA7
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
List of places
51°03′48″N 2°33′54″W / 51.0634°N 2.5650°W / 51.0634; -2.5650Coordinates: 51°03′48″N 2°33′54″W / 51.0634°N 2.5650°W / 51.0634; -2.5650

North Barrow is a village and civil parish 8 miles (13 km) to the north-east of Ilchester in the South Somerset district of Somerset, England.


The parish was part of the hundred of Catsash.[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 Wincanton Rural District.[3] 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 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 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.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Nicholas dates from the 14th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[4]


  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Wincanton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Church of St Nicholas". Images of England. Retrieved 8 February 2008.

External links[edit]

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