Wambrook

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Wambrook
Green rolling hills with a cluster of houses and a church left of centre.
Wambrook, seen from the west
Wambrook - Wambrook Methodist Chapel - geograph.org.uk - 287988.jpg
Methodist Chapel
Wambrook is located in Somerset
Wambrook
Wambrook
Wambrook shown within Somerset
Population 184 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST295075
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHARD
Postcode district TA20
Dialling code 01460
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°51′45″N 3°00′11″W / 50.8626°N 3.0031°W / 50.8626; -3.0031Coordinates: 50°51′45″N 3°00′11″W / 50.8626°N 3.0031°W / 50.8626; -3.0031

Wambrook is a village and civil parish in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, England. The village lies about 2 miles (3 km) southwest of the town of Chard. The parish includes the hamlets of Higher Wambrook and Lower Wambrook which is sometimes known as Haselcombe.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary is in the west of the parish.

History[edit]

In the west of the parish at Wortheal there are substantial earthworks which may date from the iron age.[2]

Until 1895 Wambrook was part of the Beaminster Forum and Redhone Hundred in Dorset, only after that becoming part of Somerset.

Notable people[edit]

Governance[edit]

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 Chard Rural District.[3] 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 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, 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.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of St Mary dates from the 13th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[4] In the churchyard are a 17th-century set of stocks.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 212. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Chard RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Church of St Mary". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Stocks set against north wall of tower, Church of St Mary". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wambrook at Wikimedia Commons