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Martock

Martock

Martock is a large village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels seven miles north west of Yeovil in the South Somerset district. The parish includes Hurst approximately one mile south of the village, and Bower Hinton. The village has a population of 4,468.

The Church of All Saints dates from the 13th century and was restored by Benjamin Ferrey who was Diocesan Architect to the Diocese of Bath and Wells from 1841 until his death, carrying out much of the restoration work on Wells Cathedralfrom 1860 onwards, and also in 1883/4 by Ewan Christian. The tower was built in four stages, to replace the previous one over the central crossing. It has offset corner buttresses to the full height of the tower. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building. It is said to be the second largest in Somerset and has unique carved wooden statues in the eves. It was acquired by the Treasurer of Wells Cathedral in 1227 and he became the rector and patron on the church.

The Treasurer's House is a National Trust-owned property built from Hamstone during the 13th century.

The village was once a junction on local branches of the Great Western Railway, now dismantled.

Local places of interest include the Burrow Hill Cider Farm.

Local businesses include arts and crafts including Stone Masonry, Wood Working and Silver Smith. The fish and chip shop in Martock (Martock Chippery) was voted in the top 5 in Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Avon in The Seafish Fish and Chip shop of the year 2007.

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