Stoke St Gregory is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, about 7 miles (11 km) east of Taunton. 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]

Stoke St Gregory
Stone building with octagonal tower topped by a short spirelet
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
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTaunton
Postcode districtTA3
Dialling code01823
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
WebsiteStoke St Gregory
List of places
51°02′35″N 2°56′08″W / 51.0431°N 2.9356°W / 51.0431; -2.9356

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.

For local government purposes, since 1 April 2023, the village comes under the unitary authority of Somerset Council. Prior to this, it was part of the non-metropolitan district of Somerset West and Taunton (formed on 1 April 2019) and, before this, the district of Taunton Deane (established under the Local Government Act 1972). From 1894-1974, for local government purposes, Stoke St Gregory was part of Taunton Rural District.[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.

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 1930s tennis champion. The churchyard is home to generations of the Hembrow family.

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. pp. 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. ^ "Taunton 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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