Buckland St Mary is a small village nestling in the folds of the Blackdown Hills of Somerset, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Parish of Buckland St Mary is one of the largest in Somerset. Although the majority of the 450 inhabitants are spread over a large area, the nucleus of the village is centered around our large Victorian Church, and thriving Village School. The centre of the village also used to have a Post Office / General Store and Pub which are sadly now closed, however The Eagle Tavern which is situated just outside the village provides good pub food and a friendly atmosphere. There are several other good pubs and local restaurants in the area as well as places to stay.
The parish incorporates five small hamlets, Birchwood, Blackwater, Blindmoor, Dommett and Newtown.
This is a very rural area and the majority of farming is dairy, there being about 2000 head of cattle in total. We even have a farm in the middle of the village opposite the Church. In addition we also have two farms rearing pigs, and two farms producing eggs.
The Somerset County Town of Taunton is 9 miles away and the nearest towns of Chard and Ilminster are only 6 miles in the opposite direction. The towns of Taunton and Chard are easy to reach by car or bus.There are a number of places to visit locally, including the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Cricket St. Thomas Gardens, The Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, Forde Abbey and Gardens and Ferne Animal Sanctuary.Taunton, the County Town, has many leading retailers and places of entertainment, including the Brewhouse Theatre.
Towns and villages on the Dorset and Devon World Heritage Coast, are about 15 miles away, include Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, Beer, Charmouth, Seaton and Brnscombe.For the walkers there are many fine walks locally as well as the Quantocks, Exmoor and the Somerst Levels are within easy each.
Do You Remember – Can You Help?
- Does anyone remember Jean Simpson, or the other evacuees, or have a tale to tell about them? If so, please contact Rosanna Barton, phone 234213, email rosannabarton1@gmail .com – see the full article on the War Memorial pages on the WW2 Evacuees listing all evacuees who attended the school
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