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All Saints Church, Merriott
Location within Somerset
Population1,979 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST445125
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTA16
Dialling code01460
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°54′33″N 2°47′27″W / 50.9092°N 2.7907°W / 50.9092; -2.7907Coordinates: 50°54′33″N 2°47′27″W / 50.9092°N 2.7907°W / 50.9092; -2.7907

Merriott is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, near the town of Crewkerne and 7 miles (11.3 km) west of Yeovil in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 1,979.[1]

On Church Street, there is a well-preserved tithe barn, which is used by local organisations including the playgroup, badminton club and a Morris dancing side (Dr Turberville's Morris). The village is home to Merriott Rovers F.C. who play in the Perry Street and District League, spanning Somerset, Dorset and Devon. Also situated in Merriott is a Co-op and all-purpose food store. It has two pubs: the 17th century King's Head[2] and the 19th century Swan.[3]

The parish boundary includes the River Parrett which is crossed by the Bow Bridge.[4] Next to it is Bow Mill House, with its attached watermill which dates from the 17th century.[5] Tail Mill was used for sail cloth manufacture.[6]


The name Merriott means boundary gate from the Old English Maergeat.[7]

The manor was held at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Harding son of Eadnorth whose descendants took the name of the village and continued until the death of Sir John de Meriet in 1391. The good quality of the soil led to the development of market-gardening, with the first use in England of the word nursery (noresire) occurred at Merriot in 1369.[7]

The parish was part of the hundred of Crewkerne.[8]

Major rebuilding took place in the village following a fire in 1811.[9]

The school building dates from 1876,[10] and now incorporates the former Sunday school which was built in 1834.[11]


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.[12] 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.

The village falls within Eggwood electoral ward. Merriott is the most populous area but the ward stretches to Dinnington in the west. The total population for this ward taken at the 2011 census was 2,421.[13]

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

The Anglican parish Church of All Saints dates from the 13th century, with modifications in the late 15th or early 16th century, and major restoration including the extension of the nave, a new chancel and chapels by Benjamin Ferrey in 1860. It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.[14]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ "King's Head Inn". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  3. ^ "The Swan Inn". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Bow Bridge". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Bow Mill House, with attached mill". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Tail Mill". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  7. ^ a b Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press Ltd. p. 142. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  8. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  9. ^ Havinden, Michael (1982). The Somerset Landscape. The making of the English landscape. London: Hodder and Stoughton. p. 139. ISBN 0-340-20116-9.
  10. ^ "Merriott First School". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Former Sunday School". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  12. ^ "Chard RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Eggwood ward 2011". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Church of All Saints". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.

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