Shepton Montague

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Shepton Montague
Street scene with houses dotted amongst the trees.
Shepton Montague
Shepton Montague is located in Somerset
Shepton Montague
Shepton Montague
Shepton Montague shown within Somerset
Population 208 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST675315
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BA9
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
51°04′54″N 2°27′55″W / 51.0818°N 2.4653°W / 51.0818; -2.4653Coordinates: 51°04′54″N 2°27′55″W / 51.0818°N 2.4653°W / 51.0818; -2.4653

Shepton Montague is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England. It is situated on the River Pitt in the South Somerset district midway between Wincanton, Bruton and Castle Cary.

It is known for its dairy farming and one of the country's main centres of organic farming.


The first part of the name originates from Sheep Town. The second part comes from the family of Drew (Drogo) de Montagu, who held the manor under the count of Mortain, from the Norman invasion until 1421.[2]

The parish of Shepton Montague was part of the Norton Ferris Hundred.[3]

The manor was held from 1765 by the Phelps family of Montacute.[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.[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.

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.


Shepton Montague Railway Cutting is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest which exposes the most important known section of Fuller's Earth Rock (Middle Jurassic) in England.[5]

Religious sites[edit]

The parish Church of Saint Peter has 13th-century origins and has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[6] It was seriously damaged by a fire in 1964 and restored two years later.[2]

Alfred Edwin Eaton (1845–1929) was an English clergyman and entomologist who served as the vicar of Shepton Montague. His main interests among insects were the Diptera and Ephemeroptera.


  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 181. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wincanton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ English Nature citation sheet for Shepton Montague Railway Cutting (accessed 9 August 2006)
  6. ^ "Church of Saint Peter". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 

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