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Somerset
Geography
Status Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Origin Historic
Region South West England
Area
- Total
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
Ranked 7th
4,171 km² (1,610.4 sq mi)
Ranked 12th
3,451 km² (1,332.4 sq mi)
Admin HQ Taunton
ISO 3166-2 GB-SOM
ONS code 40
NUTS 3 UKK23
Demographics
Population
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
Ranked 22nd
884,400
212/km² (549.1/sq mi)
Ranked 25th
515,600
Ethnicity 98.5% White
Politics
Image:Somerset-coa.png
Somerset County Council
http://www.somerset.gov.uk/
Executive Liberal Democrats
Members of Parliament
Districts
  1. South Somerset
  2. Taunton Deane
  3. West Somerset
  4. Sedgemoor
  5. Mendip
  6. Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary)
  7. North Somerset (Unitary)

Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. The county town is Taunton. The ceremonial county of Somerset borders the counties of Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east, and Devon to the south-west. It is also partly bounded to the north and west by the coast of the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the River Severn. Image File history File links Portal. ... Somerset has several meanings: Somerset is a county in England. ... map of admin county File links The following pages link to this file: Somerset Category:Somerset Category:Towns in Somerset Categories: GFDL images ... 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. ... 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Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills such as the Mendip Hills and Exmoor National Park, downland, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China An artists rendering of an aerial view of the Maryland countryside: Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918-1986), Aerial Series: Ploughed Fields, Maryland, 1974, acrylic and mixed materials on apertured double canvas, 52... The Mendip Hills (commonly called The Mendips) are a range of limestone hills (karst) situated to the south of Bristol and Bath in north Somerset, England. ... Dunster Yarn Market (a covered market for the sale of local cloth, built in 1609) and Dunster Castle, Exmoor Exmoor National Park is a national park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of Devon and Somerset in South West England. ... The view towards Brent Knoll from Glastonbury Tor. ...

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Administration

The ceremonial county of Somerset consists of a non-metropolitan county and two unitary authorities. The districts of Somerset are West Somerset, South Somerset, Taunton Deane, Mendip and Sedgemoor. The two administratively independent unitary authorities, which were established on 1 April 1996 following the break up of the county of Avon, are North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. These unitary authorities include areas that were once part of Somerset before the creation of Avon in 1974. 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. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of English administrative division used for the purposes of local government. ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... West Somerset is a local government district in Somerset, England. ... South Somerset is a local government district in Somerset, England. ... Taunton Deane is a local government district with borough status in Somerset, England. ... Categories: Stub | Somerset ... Sedgemoor is a local government district of Somerset in England. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Northavon Bristol Kingswood Woodspring Wansdyke Bath The County of Avon was a short-lived administrative county in the west of England, named after the River Avon which ran through it. ... North Somerset is a unitary authority in England, historically part of the county of Somerset but now administered independently. ... Bath and North East Somerset (commonly referred to as BANES or B&NES) is a unitary authority that was created on April 1, 1996 following the abolition of the County of Avon. ...


The Department for Communities and Local Government is considering a proposal by Somerset County Council to change Somerset's administrative structure by abolishing the five districts to create a Somerset unitary authority. The changes are planned to be implemented no later than 1 April 2009. [1][2] However, support for the county council's bid is not guaranteed and opposition among the district council and local population is strong, with 82% of people responding to a referendum organized by the five district councils rejecting the proposals.[3] The Department for Communities and Local Government is a United Kingdom government department. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Etymology

The name is pronounced as though spelled 'Summerset'. The name derives from Old English Sumorsǣte, which is short for Sumortūnsǣte = "the people living at or dependent upon Sumortūn. [4] Sumortūn is modern Somerton and means "summer settlement", a farmstead tended during the summer but not occupied in winter.[5] However, Somerton is not down on the moors where only summer occupation was possible because of flooding but on a hill where winter occupation would have been feasible. Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon[1], Old English: ) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ... Somerton is a town in Somerset, England, near Yeovil and Street, in the South Somerset district. ... Bales of hay on a farm near Ames, Iowa A farm is the basic unit in agriculture. ...


The name continues in the motto of the county, 'Sumorsaete ealle', meaning 'all the people of Somerset' in Old English. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon[1], Old English: ) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ...


History

For the full article see History of Somerset

The Somerset Levels, and specifically the dry points such as Glastonbury and Brent Knoll, have a long history of settlement, and are known to have been settled by Mesolithic hunters. [6] The caves of the Mendip Hills were settled during the Neolithic period and contain extensive archaeological sites such as the caves of Cheddar Gorge. There are numerous Iron Age Hill Forts, some of which were later reused in the Dark Ages, such as Cadbury Castle. [7] Somerset, like Dorset to the south, held the Saxon invasion back for over a century, remaining a frontier between the Saxons and the Romano-British Celts. The first known use of the name Somersæte was in 845 after the region fell to the Saxons. After the Norman Conquest the county was divided into 700 fiefs, and large areas were owned by the crown. This page is about the county of Somerset in the United Kingdom. ... The view towards Brent Knoll from Glastonbury Tor. ... In geography a dry point is an area of firm or flood-free ground in an area of wetland, marsh or flood plains. ... Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry spot on the Somerset Levels, 50km (31 miles) south of Bristol. ... Brent Knoll is a small hill in the county of Somerset in the United Kingdom. ... The Mesolithic (Greek mesos=middle and lithos=stone or the Middle Stone Age[1]) was a period in the development of human technology between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods of the Stone Age. ... The Mendip Hills (commonly called The Mendips) are a range of limestone hills (karst) situated to the south of Bristol and Bath in north Somerset, England. ... An array of Neolithic artifacts, including bracelets, axe heads, chisels, and polishing tools. ... Archaeology, archeology, or archæology (from Greek: αρχαίος, archae, ancient; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artifacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the United Kingdom Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the United Kingdom, near the village of Cheddar in the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England. ... Iron Age Axe found on Gotland This article is about the archaeological period known as the Iron Age, for the mythological Iron Age see Iron Age (mythology). ... A hill fort is a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for military advantage. ... Petrarch, who conceived the idea of a European Dark Age. From Cycle of Famous Men and Women, Andrea di Bartolo di Bargillac, c. ... Cadbury Castle is a hill fort near the village of South Cadbury in Somerset, England, five miles north west of Yeovil. ... Dorset is dotted with Celtic hill forts, like Maiden Castle Dorset is a rural county in south west England whose archaeology documents much of the history of southern England. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Events March 28 - Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collect a huge ransom in exchange for leaving. ... Bayeux Tapestry depicting events leading to the Battle of Hastings The Norman Conquest of England was the conquest of the Kingdom of England by William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy), in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings and the subsequent Norman control of England. ... Under the system of feudalism, a fiefdom, fief, feud, feoff, or fee, often consisted of inheritable lands or revenue-producing property granted by a liege lord in return for a form of allegiance, originally to give him the means to fulfill his military duties when called upon. ...


In the English Civil War Somerset was largely Royalist, unlike neighbouring Wiltshire. In 1685 the Monmouth Rebellion was played out in Somerset and neighbouring Dorset. The rebels landed at Lyme Regis and travelled north hoping to capture Bristol and Bath, but were defeated at the Battle of Sedgemoor. The English Civil War consisted of a series of armed conflicts and political machinations that took place between Parliamentarians (known as Roundheads) and Royalists (known as Cavaliers) between 1642 and 1651. ... Prince Rupert of the Rhine Cavaliers was the name used by Parliamentarians for the Royalist supporters of King Charles I during the English Civil War (1642–1651). ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... Events February 6 - James Stuart, Duke of York becomes King James II of England and Ireland and King James VII of Scotland. ... The Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, also known as the Pitchfork Rebellion, was an attempt to overthrow the King of England, James II, who became king when his elder brother, Charles II, died on 6 February 1685. ... Lyme Regis (IPA: ) is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. ... This article is about the English city. ... Bath is a city in Somerset, England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... The Battle of Sedgemoor was fought on 6 July 1685. ...


The traditional northern border of the county is the River Avon, but the administrative boundary has crept southwards, with the creation and expansion of the City of Bristol. The Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge The River Avon is a river in the south west of England. ... This article is about the English city. ...


Somerset contains England's oldest prison still in use, in the small town of Shepton Mallet, and the world's oldest known engineered roadway, the Sweet Track. Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Shepton Mallet is a small rural town in Somerset, England, situated five miles to the east of Wells and just south of the Mendip Hills. ... Mountain road with hairpin turns in the French Alps For other uses, see Road (disambiguation). ... The Sweet Track is an ancient causeway in the Somerset Levels, England. ...


Geology, landscape and ecology

Main article: Geology of Somerset

Much of the landscape of Somerset falls into types determined by the underlying geology. These landscapes are the limestone karst and lias of the north, the clay vales and wetlands of the centre, the oolites of the east and south, and the Devonian sandstone of the west. To the north east of the Somerset Levels, the Mendip Hills are moderately high, often mountain limestone hills with an extensive network of caves and underground rivers and a number of gorges, famously Cheddar Gorge. 76 square miles (197 km²) of the central and western Mendip Hills was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1972. The main habitat on these hills is calcareous grassland, with some arable agriculture. To the north of the hills is the Chew Valley and to the south, on the clay substrate, are a number of broad valleys which support dairy farming and drain into the Somerset Levels. This expanse of flat land, stretching up to 20 miles (32 km) inland, is only a few feet above sea level. Before it was drained, much of the land was under a shallow brackish sea in winter and a marsh in summer. Drainage started in Roman times, restarting in Saxon times and is continuing now. According to legend Joseph of Arimathea sailed across the levels to Glastonbury, a dry point near the eastern edge of the levels. In the far west of the county, running into Devon, is Exmoor, a high Devonian sandstone moor, which was designated as a national park in 1954. The highest point in Somerset is Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor, with an altitude of 1,704 feet (519 m). Over 100 sites have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset. The geology of Somerset is very varied, and is reflected in an equally varied landscape. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... -1... Karst topography occurs when a landscape is marked by underground drainage patterns. ... Lias may refer to: Lias, the lower Jurassic period which saw much deposition of clay followed by limestone. ... The Gay Head cliffs in Marthas Vineyard are made almost entirely of clay. ... In geography a vale is a wide river valley, usually with a particularly wide flood plain or flat valley bottom. ... A subtropical wetland in Florida, USA, with an endangered American Crocodile. ... Oolitic phosphate rock from Permian Phosphoria formation, Montana. ... Artists illustration of a Devonian scene. ... Red sandstone interior of Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona, worn smooth due to erosion by flash flooding over millions of years Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-size mineral or rock grains. ... The view towards Brent Knoll from Glastonbury Tor. ... The Mendip Hills (commonly called The Mendips) are a range of limestone hills (karst) situated to the south of Bristol and Bath in north Somerset, England. ... -1... The panoramic view from Connors Hill, near Swifts Creek, Victoria A hill is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain, in a limited area. ... Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico A cave is a natural underground void large enough for a human to enter. ... This bridge across the Danube River links Hungary with Slovakia. ... A gorge is a narrow passage between steep mountains or hills. ... Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the United Kingdom Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the United Kingdom, near the village of Cheddar in the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England. ... An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside with significant landscape value in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, that has been specially designated by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the United Kingdom government. ... Habitat (which is Latin for it inhabits) is the place where a particular species live and grow. ... Calcareous grassland (or alkaline grassland) is an ecosystem associated with thin basic soil, such as that on chalk and limestone downland. ... In geography, arable land is a form of agricultural land use, meaning land that can be (and is) used for growing crops. ... This article is about Chew Valley in Somerset. ... Dairy farming is a class of agricultural, or more properly, an animal husbandry enterprise, raising female cattle, goats, or other lactating animals for long-term production of milk, which may be either processed on-site or transported to a dairy for processing and eventual retail sale. ... The view towards Brent Knoll from Glastonbury Tor. ... Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... The famous parade helmet found at Sutton Hoo, probably belonging to King Raedwald of East Anglia circa 625. ... Joseph of Arimathea by Pietro Perugino. ... Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry spot on the Somerset Levels, 50km (31 miles) south of Bristol. ... “Devonshire” redirects here. ... Dunster Yarn Market (a covered market for the sale of local cloth, built in 1609) and Dunster Castle, Exmoor Exmoor National Park is a national park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of Devon and Somerset in South West England. ... Moorland in the Pennines (England); Coarse grasses and bracken tend to dominate especially in high rainfall areas. ... Dunkery Beacon is the highest peak on Exmoor, south-western England, and the highest point in Somerset. ... A view of the Cheddar Gorge, designated as an SSSI for both its biological and its geological interest. ...


The coastline of the Bristol Channel and Severn estuary forms part of the northern border of Somerset. The Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, at Burnham-on-Sea, for example, the tidal range of a spring tide is over 39 feet (12 m). Proposals for the construction of a Severn Barrage aim to harness this energy. The main coastal towns of today are, from the west to the north east, Minehead, Watchet, Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead. The coastal area between Minehead and the eastern extreme of the administrative county’s coastline at Brean Down is known as Bridgwater Bay, which is a National Nature Reserve.[8] North of that, the coast forms Weston Bay and Sand Bay, then the Mouth of the Severn. [9] Satellite view of the Bristol Channel Map of the Bristol Channel The Bristol Channel (Welsh: ) is a major inlet in the island of Great Britain, separating South Wales from the West Country and extending from the lower estuary of the River Severn (Afon Hafren) to that part of the North... “Severn” redirects here. ... Burnham-on-Sea is a town in Somerset, England, at the mouth of the River Parrett. ... The Severn Barrage is the name of any number of ideas - past and present - for building a barrage from the English coast to the Welsh coast over the Severn tidal estuary. ... Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000. ... Statistics Population: Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: ST074431 Administration District: West Somerset Shire county: Somerset Region: South West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Somerset Historic county: Somerset Services Police force: Avon and Somerset Police Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: South Western Post office and... Weston-super-Mare is an English seaside resort town in North Somerset, population 65,000 (1991 estimate). ... Map sources for Clevedon at grid reference ST3971 Clevedon Village - circa 1907 Clevedon seafront is extremely windswept, as witnessed by this tree. ... Map sources for Portishead, Somerset at grid reference ST4676 Portishead (IPA: ) is a coastal town in North Somerset, England. ... National Nature Reserves in England are managed by Natural England and are key places for wildlife and natural features in England. ...


In the mid and north of the county the coastline is low as the flat wetlands of the levels meet the sea. In the west the coastline is high and dramatic as the plateau of Exmoor meets the sea with high cliffs and waterfalls.[8] geography, a cliff is a significant vertical, or near vertical, rock exposure. ... Tower Fall in Yellowstone National Park A waterfall is usually a geological formation resulting from water, often in the form of a stream, flowing over an erosion-resistant rock formation that forms a sudden break in elevation. ...


The county has many rivers, including the Axe, Brue, Cary, Parrett, Sheppey, Tone and Yeo. These both feed and drain the flat levels and moors of mid and west Somerset.[8] The River Axe is a river in south west England. ... River Brue originates in the parish of Brewham. ... The River Cary is a river in Somerset Categories: UK geography stubs | Rivers in Somerset ... The River Parrett has its source in the springs in the hills around Chedington in Dorset in England and flows west through the Somerset Levels to its mouth in the Bristol Channel at Burnham on Sea a town on the edge of Bridgwater Bay, an important Nature Reserve. ... River Tone is a river in Somerset, that flows through Taunton and joins the River Parret. ... The River Yeo (often referred to as the Congresbury Yeo, after the village of Congresbury, through which it flows, to avoid confusion with other similarly-named rivers) is a river which flows through North Somerset, England. ...


The Somerset coalfield in the north of the county is part of a larger coalfield which stretches into Gloucestershire. The old coal mining wheel, now featured in the centre of Radstock, in front of the Radstock museum The Somerset coalfield included pits in the north Somerset area where coal was mined from the 15th century until 1973. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ...


Climate

Along with the rest of South West England, Somerset has a temperate climate which is generally wetter and milder than the rest of England. The annual mean temperature is approximately 10 °C and shows a seasonal and a diurnal variation, but due to the modifying effect of the sea the range is less than in most other parts of the UK. January is the coldest month with mean minimum temperatures between 1 and 2 °C. July and August are the warmest months in the region with mean daily maxima around 21 °C. South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... This article is about divisions of a year. ... Diurnal motion is an astronomical term referring to the apparent daily motion of stars in orbit around the Earth, caused by the Earths rotation around its axis. ...


The number of hours of bright sunshine is controlled by the length of day and by cloudiness. In general December is the dullest month and June the sunniest. The south-west of England has a favoured location with respect to the Azores high pressure when it extends its influence north-eastwards towards the UK, particularly in summer. Convective cloud often forms inland, especially near hills, and acts to reduce sunshine amounts. The average annual sunshine totals around 1600 hours. Prism splitting light High Resolution Solar Spectrum Sunlight in the broad sense is the total spectrum of the electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun. ... Motto (Portuguese for Rather die free than in peace subjugated) Anthem  (national)  (local) Capital Ponta Delgada1 Angra do Heroísmo2 Horta3 Largest city Ponta Delgada Official languages Portuguese Government Autonomous region  -  President Carlos César Establishment  -  Settled 1439   -  Autonomy 1976  Area  -  Total 2,333 km² (n/a) 911 sq mi... Convection is the transfer of heat by the motion of or within a fluid. ...


Rainfall tends to be associated with Atlantic depressions or with convection. The Atlantic depressions are more vigorous in autumn and winter and most of the rain which falls in those seasons in the south-west is from this source. In summer, convection caused by solar surface heating sometimes forms shower clouds and a large proportion of rainfall falls from showers and thunderstorms at this time of year. Average rainfall is around 31–35 inches (800–900 mm). About 8–15 days of snowfall is typical. November to March have the highest mean wind speeds, with June to August having the lightest winds. The predominant wind direction is from the South West. [10] Late-summer rainstorm in Denmark In meteorology, precipitation (also known as hydrometeor) is any product of the condensation of atmospheric water vapor that is deposited on the earths surface. ... The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... A large low-pressure system swirls off the southwestern coast of Iceland, illustrating the maxim that nature abhors a vacuum. ... Cumulus mediocris clouds, as seen from a plane window. ... A rolling thundercloud over Enschede, The Netherlands. ... This page is about the form of precipitation. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Economy and industry

The Dunster Yarn Market was built in 1609 for the trading of local cloth
The Dunster Yarn Market was built in 1609 for the trading of local cloth

Somerset has few industrial centres. Bridgwater was developed during the Industrial Revolution as the West Country's leading port. Yeovil is important in the manufacture of helicopters. Many towns have developed small-scale light industries, such as Crewkerne's Ariel Motor Company, Ltd, one of the UK's smallest car manufacturers. The Yarn market at Dunster, built in 1609 for the trading of local cloth. ... The Yarn market at Dunster, built in 1609 for the trading of local cloth. ... Dunster Yarn Market Dunster is a village in north west Somerset, England, situated on the Bristol Channel coast three miles east of Minehead and 25 miles north west of Taunton. ... Bridgwater in Somerset, England, is a market town, the administrative centre of the Sedgemoor district, and the leading industrial town in the county. ... A Watt steam engine. ... Yeovil is a town in south Somerset, England, on the A30 and A37. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors consisting of two or more rotor blades. ... Heavy industry does not have a single fixed meaning compared to light industry. ... 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 original Ariel Ltd was founded in 1898 and made both motorcycles and cars. ...


Agriculture continues to be a major business in the county, if no longer a major employer. Apple orchards were once plentiful, and to this day Somerset is linked to the production of strong cider, arguably more so than any other part of the world. The towns of Taunton and Shepton Mallet are involved with the production of cider, especially Blackthorn Cider, which is sold nationwide. Species Malus domestica Malus sieversii Apple is the fruit (pome) of the genus Malus belonging to the family Rosaceae, and is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. ... A community apple orchard originally planted for productive use during the 1920s, in Westcliff on Sea (Essex, England) An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs maintained for food production. ... Cider in a pint glass Cider (or cyder) is an alcoholic beverage made primarily from the juices of specially grown varieties of apples. ... Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. ... Shepton Mallet is a small rural town in Somerset, England, situated five miles to the east of Wells and just south of the Mendip Hills. ... Blackthorns logo Blackthorn Cider is a processed commercial cider produced by Matthew Clark plc. ...


Much of the county is scenic and unspoilt. Tourism is a major industry in the county, estimated in 2001 to support around 23,000 people. [11] Attractions include its coastal towns, part of the Exmoor National Park, the West Somerset Railway (a heritage railway), and the museum of the Fleet Air Arm at RNAS Yeovilton. The town of Glastonbury is famous for its mythical associations, and open-air rock festival (actually in Pilton), while the Cheddar Gorge is famous for caves open to visitors, as well as its locally produced cheese. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Dunster Yarn Market (a covered market for the sale of local cloth, built in 1609) and Dunster Castle, Exmoor Exmoor National Park is a national park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of Devon and Somerset in South West England. ... The West Somerset Railway (WSR) is a heritage railway that runs along the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset, England, between Bishops Lydeard and Watchet. ... A scene on a heritage railway. ... The Fleet Air Arm is the branch of the Royal Navy responsible for the operation of the aircraft on board their ships. ... RNAS Yeovilton is an air station of the Royal Navy, sited a few miles north of Yeovil in Somerset. ... This article is about the town in England, for the town in the United States see Glastonbury, Connecticut. ... A rock festival, or a rock fest, is a large-scale outdoor rock music concert, featuring multiple acts, often spread out over several days. ... Pilton is a village in Somerset, England, situated on the A361 road in the Mendip district, three miles south west of Shepton Mallet and six miles east of Glastonbury. ... Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the United Kingdom Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the United Kingdom, near the village of Cheddar in the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England. ... Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico A cave is a natural underground void large enough for a human to enter. ... Cheese is a solid food made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, and other mammals. ...


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of the non-metropolitan county of Somerset at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[12] Agriculture[13] Industry[14] Services[15]
1995 4,601 298 1,608 2,695
2000 5,872 199 1,936 3,737
2003 6,586 215 1,956 4,416

Culture

The west front of Wells Cathedral

Somerset has traditions of art, music and literature. Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote while staying in Nether Stowey, Alfoxden and Porlock in the west of the county. The writer Evelyn Waugh spent his last years in the village of Combe Florey. Traditional folk music, both song and dance, was important in the agricultural communities. Somerset songs were collected by Cecil Sharp and incorporated into a number of works including Holst's A Somerset Rhapsody. Halsway Manor near Williton is an international centre for folk music. The tradition continues today with groups such as The Wurzels. West front of Wells Cathedral, Somerset, UK Photo taken by and copyright Stuz. ... West front of Wells Cathedral, Somerset, UK Photo taken by and copyright Stuz. ... William Wordsworth (April 7, 1770 – April 23, 1850) was a major English romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their 1798 joint publication, Lyrical Ballads. ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) (pronounced ) was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. ... Nether Stowey is a small village in Somerset, South West England. ... Porlock Weir Porlock beach A map of Porlock from 1937 Porlock is a quiet coastal village in Somerset, England, situated in a deep hollow below Exmoor, five miles west of Minehead. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... Combe Florey is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated six miles north west of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. ... Cecil James Sharp (1859-1924) was the founding father of the folklore revival in England in the early twentieth century, and many of Englands traditional dances and music owe their continuing existence to his work in recording and publishing them. ... Gustav Holst Gustav Holst (September 21, 1874, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - May 25, 1934, London) [1] [2] was an English composer and was a music teacher for over 20 years. ... Williton is a medium-sized village in West Somerset. ... The Wurzels perform at the University of Bath summer ball 2007. ...


The Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts takes place most years in Pilton, near Shepton Mallet, attracting over 100,000 music and culture lovers from around the world, and world-famous entertainers. The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ... Pilton is a village in Somerset, England, situated on the A361 road in the Mendip district, three miles south west of Shepton Mallet and six miles east of Glastonbury. ... Shepton Mallet is a small rural town in Somerset, England, situated five miles to the east of Wells and just south of the Mendip Hills. ...


The annual circuit of West Country Carnivals is held in a variety of Somerset towns during the autumn, forming a major regional festival, and the largest light festival in Europe. Samurai by Griffens CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006 Front of Ghost Ship (Deliver Us) by Gremlins CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006. ...


See also:

Somerset is a county in the southwest of England. ...

Settlements

Palladian Pulteney Bridge and the weir at Bath
Palladian Pulteney Bridge and the weir at Bath
The West Somerset Railway

The original county town of Somerset was Somerton, but in recent years that role has been transferred to Taunton. The county has two cities, Bath and Wells. Image File history File links Pulteney_Bridge. ... Image File history File links Pulteney_Bridge. ... A villa with a superimposed portico, from Book IV of Palladios I Quattro Libri dellArchitettura, in a modestly priced English translation published in London, 1736. ... Bishops Lydeard station on the West Somerset Railway, Somerset, England. ... Bishops Lydeard station on the West Somerset Railway, Somerset, England. ... A county town is the capital of a county in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. ... Somerton is a town in Somerset, England, near Yeovil and Street, in the South Somerset district. ... Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. ... Bath is a city in Somerset, England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Wells is a small cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England, nestling in the Mendip Hills. ...


Main settlements

For the complete list of settlements see List of places in Somerset

Map sources for Axbridge at grid reference ST4354 Axbridge is a town in Somerset, England, situated in the Sedgemoor district on the River Axe, near the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. ... Bath is a city in Somerset, England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Bishops Hull is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated in the western suburbs of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. ... Bishops Lydeard is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated on the A358 road and West Somerset Railway five miles north west of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. ... Bridgwater in Somerset, England, is a market town, the administrative centre of the Sedgemoor district, and the leading industrial town in the county. ... Brympton is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated two miles west of Yeovil on the A3088 road in the South Somerset district. ... Bruton taken from the Dovecote Bruton is a town and parish in Somerset, England, situated on the River Brue seven miles south east of Shepton Mallet, ten miles north west of Gillingham and twelve miles south west of Frome in the South Somerset district. ... Burnham-on-Sea is a town in Somerset, England, at the mouth of the River Parrett. ... The market hall Castle Cary is a village in south Somerset, England, five miles north west of Wincanton and eight miles south of Shepton Mallet. ... 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. ... Statistics Population: 5724 (as of 2002) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: ST458535 Administration District: Sedgemoor Region: South West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Somerset Historic county: Somerset Services Police force: Avon and Somerset Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: South Western Post office and telephone... Comeytrowe is a parish in Somerset, England, situated in the south western suburbs of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. ... 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. ... Frome (pronounced ) is a medium-sized town in Somerset, England, near the Mendip Hills. ... Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry spot on the Somerset Levels, 50km (31 miles) south of Bristol. ... Ilminster is a quiet country town in the countryside of south west Somerset, England, with a population of 4,781[1]. Bypassed a few years ago, the town now lies just east of the intersection of the A303 (London to Exeter) and the A358 (Taunton to Chard and Axminster). ... Martock is a large village in south Somerset on the edge of the Somerset Levels. ... Statistics Population: 1389[1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: ST455415 Administration District: Mendip Shire county: Somerset Region: South West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Somerset Historic county: Somerset Services Police force: Avon and Somerset Fire and rescue: Somerset Ambulance: South Western Post office and... Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000. ... North Petherton is a small town in Somerset, England, situated on the edge of the eastern foothills of the Quantocks, and close to the edge of the Somerset Levels. ... Norton Radstock is a small conurbation and large civil parish in Bath and North East Somerset, England, 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Bath, and the same distance north west of Frome. ... Shepton Mallet is a small rural town in Somerset, England, situated five miles to the east of Wells and just south of the Mendip Hills. ... Somerton is a town in Somerset, England, near Yeovil and Street, in the South Somerset district. ... South Petherton is a small country town in Somerset, England, population approximately 3,200[1] as of 2002. ... Map sources for Street at grid reference ST4836 Street is a town in the county of Somerset, England, situated on a dry spot in the Somerset Levels, at the end of the Polden Hills, two miles south west of Glastonbury. ... Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. ... Statistics Population: Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: ST074431 Administration District: West Somerset Shire county: Somerset Region: South West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Somerset Historic county: Somerset Services Police force: Avon and Somerset Police Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: South Western Post office and... Map sources for Wellington, Somerset at grid reference ST1420 Wellington is a small industrial town in rural Somerset, England, situated seven miles south west of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district, near the border with Devon, which runs along the Blackdown Hills to the south of the town. ... Wells is a small cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England, nestling in the Mendip Hills. ... Weston-super-Mare is an English seaside resort town in North Somerset, population 65,000 (1991 estimate). ... Wincanton is a town in south Somerset, southwest England. ... Yeovil is a town in south Somerset, England, on the A30 and A37. ... This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. ...

Place names

Somerset settlement names are mostly Anglo-Saxon in origin. A few hill names include Brythonic elements, for example a charter of 682 concerning Creechborough Hill defines it as "the hill the British call Cructan and we call Crychbeorh". A few modern names are Celtic in origin, such as Tarnock, while a few others have both Saxon and Celtic elements such as Penhill. Brythonic is one of two major divisions of Insular Celtic languages (the other being Goidelic). ...


Many of the river names are Celtic, while a few may be pre-Celtic such as Parret (earlier Pedred).


Places of interest

For the complete list of places of interest see Visitor Attractions in Somerset

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Access Land icon for use on UK lists of places of interest, created by Joe D. File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK... The Somerset Rural Life Museum is situated in Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. It is a museum of the social and agricultural history of Somerset, housed in buildings surrounding a 14th century barn once belonging to Glastonbury Abbey. ... icon for use on UK lists of places of intrest, created by Joe D File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK Wikipedians notice... The Stanton Drew stone circles are at Grid reference ST600633 just outside the village of Stanton Drew, Somerset. ... Access Land icon for use on UK lists of places of interest, created by Joe D. File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK... English Heritage icon for use on UK lists of places of intrest. ... Stembridge Tower Mill (photo by Patrick Mackie) Stembridge Tower Mill in High Ham, Somerset, England is the last remaining thatched windmill in England. ... Small National Trust for England logo for use on UK lists of places of interest. ... The Taunton Stop Line was a World War II defensive line in southwest England. ... Tintinhull Garden, located in Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset, England is a small 20th century Arts and Crafts garden surrounding a 17th century house. ... Small National Trust for England logo for use on UK lists of places of interest. ... Small National Trust for England logo for use on UK lists of places of interest. ... Historic House icon For use with Template:EngPlacesKey or any other use. ... Tyntesfield, south side Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival estate near Wraxall, North Somerset, England, in the Vale of Nailsea, seven miles from Bristol. ... Small National Trust for England logo for use on UK lists of places of interest. ... The west front, completed c. ... The West Somerset Railway (WSR) is a heritage railway that runs along the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset, England, between Bishops Lydeard and Watchet. ... icon for use on UK lists of places of intrest, created by Joe D File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK Wikipedians notice... Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor is a water supply reservoir constructed in the 1970s and completed in 1979. ... Access Land icon for use on UK lists of places of interest, created by Joe D. File links The following pages link to this file: Cornwall Isle of Wight Bristol Somerset Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire County Durham Template:EngPlacesKey Wikipedia:Counties of England List of places in Dorset Wikipedia talk:UK... Wookey Hole Caves (grid reference ST53184802) is a show cave and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hillsnear Wells in Somerset. ...

Trivia

  • In the Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, states that "We've got most of the Department for Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures running around Somerset", commenting on a week of magically induced chaos in Britain, where the newly reborn Lord Voldemort released an army of giants upon the West Country. In the book, the event was reported to have been a freak hurricane.

See also

The West Country dialects and West Country accents are generic terms applied to any of several English dialects and accents used by much of the indigenous population of the southwestern part of England, the area popularly known as the West Country. ... Somerset is a county in the southwest of England. ... BBC Somerset Sound is the BBC Local Radio service for the historic English county of Somerset. ... This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Samurai by Griffens CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006 Front of Ghost Ship (Deliver Us) by Gremlins CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006. ... A view of the Cheddar Gorge, designated as an SSSI for both its biological and its geological interest. ... Somerset County Cricket Club is a county cricket club with headquarters at the County Cricket Ground, Taunton. ...

References

  1. ^ A unitary council for Somerset. Somerset County Council. Retrieved on 2007-06-29.
  2. ^ Proposals for future unitary structures: Stakeholder consultation. Communities and Local Government. Retrieved on 2007-06-29.
  3. ^ Residents reject Unitary Council bid. Taunton Deane Council (June 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-29.
  4. ^ Watts, Victor (Ed.) (2004). The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-36209-1. 
  5. ^ Mesolithic hunters and fishermen. Somerset History. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.
  6. ^ Somerset. Camelot Village: Britain's Heritage and History. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.
  7. ^ Mendip Hills An Archaeological Survey of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (pdf). Somerset County Council Archaeological Projects. Retrieved on 2006-10-28.
  8. ^ a b c Somerset Topography. Somerset County Council. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.
  9. ^ Ordnance Survey. OS MasterMap [map]. Retrieved on 2007-04-12.
  10. ^ About south-west England. Met Office. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.
  11. ^ Employers in Somerset. Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.
  12. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  13. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  14. ^ includes energy and construction
  15. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

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