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Crewkerne

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Statistics
Population: 6,705
Ordnance Survey
OS grid reference: Maps for ST441093
Administration
District: South Somerset
County: Somerset
Region: South West England
Nation: England
Other
Police force: Avon and Somerset Police
Ceremonial county: Somerset
Historic county: Somerset
Post office and telephone
Post town: CREWKERNE
Postal district: TA18
Dialling code: 01460
Politics
UK Parliament: Yeovil
European Parliament: South West England
England

Crewkerne is a town in Somerset, England, situated nine miles south west of Yeovil and seven miles east of Chard in the South Somerset district. The town has a population of 6,705[1]. The town lies on the River Parrott, A30 road and West of England Main Line railway. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... South Somerset is a local government district in Somerset, England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... The BOGUS regions, also known as BOGUS FASCIST SCOTTISH Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity in England. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Home Nations is a term used to refer to the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (collectively, but also as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a whole), or the nations of the British Isles (traditionally... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... Avon & Somerset Constabulary is the Home Office police force in England responsible for policing the county of Somerset and the districts of South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset; these districts were the now defunct county of Avon hence the forces name. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... The traditional counties of England are historic subdivisions of the country of England into around 40 regions. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... To see the list in alphabetical order see the categories UK Parliamentary constituencies and UK Parliamentary constituencies (historic). ... Yeovil is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The inside of the building The European Parliament (formerly European Parliamentary Assembly) is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ... South West England is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a residential community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... Yeovil is a town in south Somerset, England, on the A30 and A37. ... Map sources for Chard at grid reference ST3208 Chard is a town in the county of Somerset, England, situated on the A30 road near the Devon border, 15 miles south west of Yeovil. ... South Somerset is a local government district in Somerset, England. ... The A30 is an old trunk road (main road) which runs from central London right down to Lands End, the westernmost point of the mainland of England (though not of mainland Great Britain, see Corrachadh Mor), and is sometimes called the Great South West Road. ... The West of England Main Line is the British railway line from London Waterloo to Exeter. ...


History

The town grew up in the late mediaeval period around the textile industry, its wealth preserved in its fifteenth century parish church. It later prospered as a coaching stop in the Georgian period. Notable Georgian buildings include Crewkerne Town Hall. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... A parish church is the church which acts as the religious centre of a parish, the basic administrative unit of episcopal churches. ... In the United Kingdom, from approximately the mid-seventeenth century for a period of about 200 years, the Coaching Inn was a vital part of the inland transport infrastructure. ... The Georgian era is a period of British history, normally defined as including the reigns of the kings George I, George II, George III and George IV, i. ...


St Bartholomew's Parish Church in Crewkerne is one of the most beautiful and interesting of the many splendid churches in Somerset. Standing on higher ground west of the town centre, it is the focal point of an attractive rural prospect of the western side of the town. The first church on this site was founded in Saxon times, before the end of the 9th century, as a "minster", the mother church of a Saxon royal estate that included the later parishes of Seaborough, Wayford and Misterton. Nothing remains of this church, which was replaced after the Norman Conquest with a substantial stone building, cruciform in shape and with a central tower in the same pattern as the present one. This, in turn, was almost completely rebuilt on a grander scale, in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The result was, essentially, the church we have today, a superb example of the Perpendicular style with many unusual and individual features. Among these we may include the monumental west front, the high and spacious, though short, nave, the vast six-light aisle windows and the impressive collection of Tudor-style chapels and windows in the north east corner. The building material throughout is the beautiful golden-coloured Ham Hill stone, quarried a few miles north of Crewkerne.


No major structural alterations have taken place since the Reformation in the 1530s and 1540s, but there have been drastic changes to its furnishings and fittings to suit the various phases of protestant worship that followed. Considerable damage, including the destruction of virtually all of the medieval stained glass, was done during the Civil War. By the early 19th century, all the medieval furnishings, except the font (a survival from the Norman church) had disappeared and the church was re-pewed and galleries added in 1808-11. The principal restoration that left the church interior as we see it now, took place in the late 19th Century; it was more sympathetic to the church's architectural character than many Victorian restorations. At this time, the central section of the west gallery was removed to reveal the great west window and the organ that stood there was relocated to the south transept. The pews date from around 1900 and have attractive carved bench-ends.


Like many Anglican churches, St Bartholomew's has to reconcile the conservation of a Grade 1 historic building with 21st century expectations in terms of comfort and facilities. The Parish Plan, however, adopts a positive tone and states that "the outstanding historic quality of our church building is an asset which plays a major role in welcoming people".


Crewkerne is also home to Wadham Community School.


External links

  • St. Bartholomew's of Crewkerne official website
  • Crewkerne's Business & Community website

References

  1.   Somerset County Council, 2002. Population estimates.

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Crewkerne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (547 words)
Crewkerne is a town in Somerset, England, situated nine miles south west of Yeovil and seven miles east of Chard in the South Somerset district.
St Bartholomew's Parish Church in Crewkerne is one of the most beautiful and interesting of the many splendid churches in Somerset.
Standing on higher ground west of the town centre, it is the focal point of an attractive rural prospect of the western side of the town.
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