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Coordinates: 51°00′23″N 3°01′13″W / 51.0064°N 3.0204°W / 51.0064; -3.0204

White building with square tower.
Church of the Holy Cross, Thornfalcon
Thornfalcon is located in Somerset

 Thornfalcon shown within Somerset
Population 121 [1]
OS grid reference ST285235
District Taunton Deane
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TAUNTON
Postcode district TA3
Dialling code 01823
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Taunton
List of places: UK • England • Somerset

Thornfalcon is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. The village has a population of 121.[1] The parish includes the hamlet of Ash.



The name Thornfalcon comes from Thorn, and the personal name Fagun (now Falcon) which was the Norman surname of Sir Gilbert of Thorn, whose family were lords of the manor until the 14th century.[2]

The manor was bought from the Burridges of Lyme Regis by Nathaniel Butler Batten of Yeovil whose descendents, known as Chisholm-Batten from 1859 lived at Court House.[2]


The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of Taunton Deane, which was formed on April 1, 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Taunton Rural District.[3] The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Taunton county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.


There used to be a station on the Chard Branch Line which closed in 1962. The road bridge over the line has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[4] The village is also situated near the route of the Great Western Railway and the Chard Canal, with the bridge carrying the road over the canal also being listed.[5]


The Battlements was built by the Chisholm-Batten family in the early-mid 19th century. It was previously a school building but now a private house,[6] while Court House is much older dating from the late 15th century.[7]

Religious sites

The parish Church of the Holy Cross dates from the 14th century and was restored in 1882 by Benjamin Ferrey. It has been designated as a grade I listed building.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Taunton Deane 2002 parish population estimates". Somerset County Council. Retrieved 27 December 2009.  
  2. ^ a b Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. pp. 207. ISBN 1874336261.  
  3. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time : Taunton Rural District
  4. ^ "Road bridge at NGR ST 2815 2249". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 November 2008.  
  5. ^ "Former canal bridge". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 November 2008.  
  6. ^ "The Battlements". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 November 2008.  
  7. ^ "Court House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 November 2008.  
  8. ^ "Church of the Holy Cross". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-10-17.  


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