Stoke St Gregory

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Stoke St Gregory
Stone building with octagonal tower topped by a short spirelet
St Gregory's parish church
Stoke St Gregory is located in Somerset
Stoke St Gregory
Stoke St Gregory
Location within Somerset
Population942 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceST3427
Civil parish
  • Stoke St Gregory
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTaunton
Postcode districtTA3
Dialling code01823
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
WebsiteStoke St Gregory
List of places
UK
England
Somerset
51°02′35″N 2°56′08″W / 51.0431°N 2.9356°W / 51.0431; -2.9356Coordinates: 51°02′35″N 2°56′08″W / 51.0431°N 2.9356°W / 51.0431; -2.9356

Stoke St Gregory is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, about 7 miles (11 km) east of Taunton in the Somerset West and Taunton district. The village is on a low ridge of land between the River Tone to the north and West Sedgemoor to the south. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 942.[1]

History[edit]

The parish of Stoke St Gregory was part of the North Curry Hundred.[2] The manor was held, with North Curry, from 1190 by the dean and chapter of Wells Cathedral.[3]

The parish includes the Willows and Wetlands visitor centre which offers tours of more than 80 acres (0.12 sq mi) of withies, willow yards and basket workshops and explains the place of willow in the history of the Somerset Levels. Lovell's Farm has a withy boiler that was built in 1906.[4]

Slough Farmhouse, formerly called Slough Court, was built in the late Middle Ages as a fortified manor house. It is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

Governance[edit]

The civil parish has a parish council. The parish is in the Non-metropolitan district of Somerset West and Taunton and the non-metropolitan county of Somerset, governed by Somerset County Council. 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 Taunton Rural District before that.[6]

Stoke St Gregory is part of 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.

Church and chapel[edit]

The Church of England parish of church of St Gregory was built in the 14th century. It has some 15th- and 18th-century features, was twice restored in the 19th century and is a Grade I listed building.[7] There is a set of 17th- or 18th-century stocks in the churchyard.[8] Nearby may be found the grave of Bunny Austin, renowned 1930's tennis champion.

The Baptist Church was built in 1895 and has stables at the rear.[9]

Williams Hall (The Village Hall)[edit]

The original hall, a converted barn, had been donated by a Miss Williams in 1931. The objective of the Trust is, in the quaint language of the Trust Deed.

"The provision and maintenance of a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of Stoke St Gregory without distinction of political, religious or other opinions”.

The “new” Stoke St Gregory village hall - the Williams Hall - was opened in 2006. The project to replace the old hall was largely funded through the efforts of those in the village who passionately believed in a facility to serve and support the local community.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 196. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Withy boiler at NGR ST 3534 2764  (Grade II) (1177704)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Slough Farmhouse  (Grade II*) (1344637)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Tainton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Gregory  (Grade I) (1060242)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Stocks in churchyard, about 14 metres south of porch, Church of St Gregory  (Grade II) (1344638)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Baptist church and former stables at rear  (Grade II) (1307290)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 October 2017.

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