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A village of houses nestled in rolling green hills.
Stawley from Ham Hill
Stawley is located in Somerset
Location within Somerset
Population279 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST065225
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWellington
Postcode districtTA21
Dialling code01823
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°59′39″N 3°20′01″W / 50.9942°N 3.3336°W / 50.9942; -3.3336Coordinates: 50°59′39″N 3°20′01″W / 50.9942°N 3.3336°W / 50.9942; -3.3336

Stawley is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 10 miles (16.1 km) west of Taunton in the Somerset West and Taunton district. The parish has a population of 279[1] and includes the village of Kittisford and the hamlets of Appley, Greenham and Tracebridge.


The manor was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as held by Osward and Ailward from the overlord Alured the Spaniard. Later the manor was the property of the Powlett family of Hinton St George.[2] The parishes of Kittisford and Stawley were part of the historic Milverton hundred,[3]

Hill Farm was built in the late 16th century. It is a Grade II* listed building.[4] The farm now has around 100 goats and makes three kinds of cheese.[5][6][7][8]


The hamlet of Greenham is located on the banks of the River Tone, and has two historic houses within its area. The 19th century St Peter's Church, Greenham, was built in the Gothic Revival style and was consecrated on 7 July 1860 on land given to the parish by Thomas Edward Clarke, of Tremlett House. In its graveyard is buried the wife of Sir Edward du Cann (born 1924), the longtime Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane and former owner of Cothay Manor.[9]

Historic estates[edit]


Since 1999 work has been underway to move and re-establish the village shop and post office, which opened on a new site in 2006 near the primary school.[12]


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 Somerset West and Taunton, which was established on 1 April 2019. It was previously in the district of Taunton Deane, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and part of Wellington Rural District before that.[13] 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 the Taunton Deane 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.


The soil consists of clay, with a subsoil of sandstone and limestone. The village has a high density of rare flora and fauna, including eight species of endangered birds.

Religious sites[edit]

The parish Church of St Michael dates from the 13th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[14] The church register dates from 1528.

The Church of St Nicholas in Kittisford dates from the 15th century.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 192. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Hill Farmhouse (1176991)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  5. ^ Stanbrook-Byrne, Simone (4 August 2016). "Hill Farm, the farm with a heart". Somerset Life. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Making the most of goat farming". Food. BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Stawley". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Meet the Goat Farmers and Cheese Makers". Grow Eat Gather. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  9. ^ "St Peter, Greenham". Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  10. ^ ‹The template Images of England is being considered for merging.›  Historic England. "Cothay Manor (270099)". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  11. ^ ‹The template Images of England is being considered for merging.›  Historic England. "Greenham Barton (270103)". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  12. ^ "Stawley Village Shop". Somerset Rural Renaissance. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Wellington RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  14. ^ ‹The template Images of England is being considered for merging.›  Historic England. "Church of St Michael (270114)". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  15. ^ ‹The template Images of England is being considered for merging.›  Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas (270107)". Images of England. Retrieved 2009-02-06.

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