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The local area guide to living in Somerton

With a name meaning ‘the summer settlement,’ Somerton features a welcoming atmosphere and wealth of historic buildings. It’s positioned just under 9 miles away from Yeovil, in the Somerset countryside. Many of its buildings were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries from local blue lias stone. Visit St Michael’s Church to see intricate roof carvings of cider barrels, or the Hext Almhouses, which date back to 1632. A weekly market has been held in Somerton’s Market Square since the Middle Ages, and remains a top attraction today.

There’s a strong arts community in Somerton, with the Somerset Guild of Crafts being housed here. The town hosts a Summer Arts Festival each year, drawing artists from around the region to enjoy live music and other special events. The town’s rural setting lends itself well to sports and recreation. The South Somerset Cycle route runs around the town, and the Viaduct Fisheries are also located on its outskirts, where they remain very much appreciated by local anglers.

Information about the local residents

At the time of the latest Census in 2011, the total population of Somerton was 4,339. The town’s economy was once dominated by the cloth industry, before agriculture took hold in the 20th century. Today, industries in the area include tourism, service, and light manufacturing, though agriculture still plays a role in the economy.

According to the Census, 62.8% of residents are employed, which is higher than the average for England and Wales, while the percentage of residents who identify as ‘white British’ is 96.2%, also higher than the national average. In fact, just over 5% of residents were not born in the UK. Nearly three quarters of households in Somerset are owner-occupied, with the majority of residents owning their own homes.

Nearby schools

There are two primary schools in Somerton, including the County Infants’ School and Monteclefe Church of England Junior School. The County Infants’ School caters for pupils between the ages of 4 and 7, while those between 7 and 11 attend Monteclefe. Monteclefe was founded in 1851 and at first consisted of a single room. The school has grown since then to meet the growing demands of the community and was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in a 2012 report.

At the secondary level, students can attend Crispin School in Street. This shares its campus with the Strode College of Further Education. Millfield School is also located in Street, and is an independent, coeducational secondary school.

Getting around

Somerton may be situated in a rural setting, but it is still easy to access. The A303 road is located near the town, providing access up to Hampshire and Basingstoke. The B3165 road runs through the town, as does the B3153. The nearest railway station is at Castle Cary, which is a 20 minute drive away. This sits on the Great Western Railway, with destinations such as Plymouth and Weymouth available. A taxi rank is at the station.

Glastonbury and Yeovil both have more extensive transport links, and are both under half an hour from Somerton. Transport company Buses of Somerset provides routes across the region. Regular bus services connect Somerton with Yeovil, Glastonbury, Castle Cary, and other regional destinations.

Local shops

Blooming Linda’s is a local flower and gift shop, and the Courthouse Gallery houses the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen. It’s the go-to place if you’re looking for unique, handmade gifts by local artists. You can also pick up souvenirs at the town’s Information Centre. The White Hart Inn is located next door to the gallery, and there’s a range of eateries and takeaways in town.

A recreation area is available in the town centre and it includes tennis courts, rugby pitches, and a bowling green. There’s also a play area for children and a new skate park. The Brunel Shopping Precinct offers several shops, along with offices, flats, and a free car park for visitors.

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