Odcombe

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Odcombe
Yellow stone building with square tower, partially obscured by trees.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Odcombe is located in Somerset
Odcombe
Odcombe
Odcombe shown within Somerset
Population 759 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST505155
District
Shire county
Region
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
UK
England
Somerset
50°56′10″N 2°42′18″W / 50.936°N 2.705°W / 50.936; -2.705Coordinates: 50°56′10″N 2°42′18″W / 50.936°N 2.705°W / 50.936; -2.705

Odcombe is a village and civil parish in south Somerset, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the town of Yeovil, with a population of 759 in 2011.[1]

The upper part of the village, Higher Odcombe, sits on the crest of the hill, while the lower part, Lower Odcombe, is built on its northern slopes. Odcombe falls within the Yeovil Parliamentary constituency and is covered by 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.[2] There is a parish council which has responsibility for local issues.

History[edit]

The village is mentioned in the Domesday book when it was owned by Robert, Count of Mortain. In the 1860s the village church was redeveloped, during which the preserved shoes of Thomas Coryat were lost. The village is built predominantly out of the local hamstone still quarried on Ham Hill, two miles to the west.

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

Religious sites[edit]

The Ham stone Church of St Peter and St Paul has 13th-century origins. In 1874 transepts were added and the church restored. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[4] A headstone in yellow Jaisalmer stone lies embedded in the front lawn of the church to mark a memorial service to poet Dom Moraes (1938-2004).

Notable residents[edit]

Notable residents of the village include Humphrey Hody, a 17th-century monk and theologian, George Strong, a 19th-century soldier awarded the Victoria Cross in the Crimean war, and Thomas Coryat, a 17th-century traveller and writer; author of Coryat's Crudities.[5] Coryate described his "...love of Odcombe in Somersetshire, which is so deare unto me that I preferre the very smoke thereof before the fire of all other places under the Sunne"[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Yeovil RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Church of St Peter and St Paul". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Byford, Enid (1987). Somerset Curiosities. Dovecote Press. p. 19. ISBN 0946159483. 
  6. ^ Coryat's Crudities (1611),p120

External links[edit]

Media related to Odcombe at Wikimedia Commons