North Perrott

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North Perrott
Stone building with square tower.
Church of St Martin, North Perrott
North Perrott is located in Somerset
North Perrott
North Perrott
Location within Somerset
Population246 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST475095
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTA18
Dialling code01460
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°52′57″N 2°44′51″W / 50.8825°N 2.7476°W / 50.8825; -2.7476Coordinates: 50°52′57″N 2°44′51″W / 50.8825°N 2.7476°W / 50.8825; -2.7476

North Perrott is a village and civil parish in the South Somerset district of the English county of Somerset.


The name Perrott comes from the River Parrett.[2]

There is evidence of Roman and Iron Age settlement in the village.[3]

The manor was held with South Perrott just over the border in Dorset.[2]

The parish was part of the hundred of Houndsborough.[4]

800 metres (2,600 ft) north north-west of Pipplepen Farmhouse are earthworks of an 80 metres (260 ft) by 75 metres (246 ft) platform with the remains of buildings. The site with its surrounding moat is believed to be the medieval mansion home of the De Pipplepens.[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.

"North Perrott Community Website". Retrieved 24 August 2020.

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.[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. North Perrott is part of this electoral ward which is called Parrett. At the 2011 census the population of this ward was 2,336.[7]

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.


To the east of the village is Whitevine Meadows a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest which consists of a nationally rare type of neutral grassland together with adjoining areas of scrub and ancient woodland. The Whitevine meadow is unusual in being one of only three British localities where the grass Gaudinia fragilis is a prominent and established component of the sward. The scrub provides nest sites for several species of bird, including nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos). Clearings within the scrub support a mixed flora with saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria), yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata) and autumn gentian (Gentianella amarella). These sheltered glades provide favourable climatic conditions for butterflies including marbled white (Melanargia galathea) and silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia).[8]


North Perrott Manor House was built in 1877 by Thomas Henry Wyatt for P.M. Hoskyns. After World War II it became Perrott Hill School and, along with the ornaments, stables and other outbuildings, has been designated as a listed building.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Martin dates from the 12th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[15]


North Perrott Cricket Club Ground is a former List A cricket ground. It hosted a single Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy match in 2001 between Somerset Cricket Board and Wales Minor Counties.[16] The ground has also been used by Somerset County Cricket Club and Board for numerous other matches. It has also hosted the Somerset women's cricket team occasionally since 2005. The ground is home to North Perrott Cricket Club, and has been since its creation in 1946.


  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. pp. 156–157. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. ^ "Roman and Iron age settlement, Manor House, North Perrott". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Moated site 800 m NNW of Pipplepen Farmhouse (1018923)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Yeovil RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Perrott Ward population 2011". Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Whitevine Meadows" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 9 September 2006.
  9. ^ Historic England. "North Perrott Manor House (1175931)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Garden seats and 4 garden ornaments about 30 metres east of North Perrott Manor House (1056854)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Screen walling enclosing forecourt immediately north west of North Perrott Manor House (1345957)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Screen walling enclosing lawn immediately south-east of North Perrott Manor House (1308111)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  13. ^ Historic England. "Stable block about 20 metre north-west of North Perrott Manor House, and walling enclosing stable yard. (1308112)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  14. ^ Historic England. "Summerhouse, about 70 metres west of North Perrott Manor House (1056855)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
  15. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Martin (1056879)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  16. ^ "List A Matches played on North Perrott Cricket Club Ground (1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 July 2010.

13. North Perrott Remembered by Leslie Parkman ISBN 978-0-902129-51-1

External links[edit]

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