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Coordinates: 51°15′02″N 2°51′14″W / 51.250550°N 2.853910°W / 51.250550; -2.853910

Chapel Allerton
White circular building with four black sails.
Ashton Windmill
Chapel Allerton is located in Somerset
Chapel Allerton

 Chapel Allerton shown within Somerset
Population 344 [1]
OS grid reference ST405505
District Sedgemoor
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BS26
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Wells
List of places: UK • England • Somerset

Chapel Allerton is a village and civil parish, south of Cheddar in the English county of Somerset. The parish includes the hamlets of Ashton and Stone Allerton.

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History

The name comes from "Aelfweard's settlement", with the chapel prefix being added in 1708 to distinguish it from the adjourning Stone Allerton. The manor was brought in 1492 by John Gunthorpe and passed to the Bishop of Wells.[2]

Chapel Allerton forms part of Sedgemoor district and is located southwest of Cheddar. It is noted for the striking Ashton windmill nearby.

Governance

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 Sedgemoor, which was formed on April 1, 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Axbridge Rural District,[3] which 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 Wells 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.

Religious sites

The parish church dates from the 13th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Parish Population Statistics for Sedgemoor". ONS Census 2001. Somerset County Council. http://www.webcitation.org/5lRyCSu4c. Retrieved 2009-12-17.  
  2. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. pp. pp 58. ISBN 1874336261.  
  3. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time : Axbridge Rural District
  4. ^ "Parish Church". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/Details/Default.aspx?id=268762. Retrieved 2008-03-03.  

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