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Sedgemoor
—  Non-metropolitan district  —
Shown within non-metropolitan Somerset
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Ceremonial county Somerset
Admin HQ Bridgwater
Created 1 April 1974
Government
 - Type Non-metropolitan district
 - Leader Duncan McGinty
 - Council Conservative
 - MPs: Ian Liddell-Grainger C, David Heathcoat-Amory C
Area
 - Total 217.9 sq mi (564.36 km2)
Population (2008 est.)
 - Total 112,800 (Ranked 189th)
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Post Code TA5-9
Area code(s) 01278
Website http://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk

Sedgemoor is a local government district of Somerset in England.

A low lying area of land close to sea level between the Quantock and Mendip hills, historically largely marsh (or moor) and contains the bulk of the area also known as the Somerset Levels, including the World's oldest known engineered roadway, the Sweet Track.

The district was formed on April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal borough of Bridgwater, the Burnham-on-Sea urban district, Bridgwater Rural District and part of Axbridge Rural District.

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Place-name meaning

Sedgemoor does not mean "sedge moor", but is instead "marsh of a man called Sicga" from the Old Norse personal name Sicga and Old English mor "moor".[1] The name was recorded as Secgamere in 1165.

Towns

Villages

Parishes

Image Name Status Population[2] Former local authority Coordinates Refs
Street scene showing road junction with houses and cars Ashcott Civil parish
1,280
Bridgwater Rural District 51°07′N 2°49′W / 51.12°N 2.81°W / 51.12; -2.81 (Ashcott) [3]
Street scene. On the left of the road is a half timbered house where the first and second storeys have irregular black wooden beams showing through white painted walls. Axbridge Town
2,024
Axbridge Rural District 51°17′N 2°49′W / 51.29°N 2.82°W / 51.29; -2.82 (Axbridge) [4]
Stone building with square tower. In the foreground are gravestones. Badgworth Civil parish
487
Axbridge Rural District 51°16′N 2°52′W / 51.27°N 2.87°W / 51.27; -2.87 (Badgworth) [4]
Brown stone building with red roofs and central square tower. In the foreground are gravestones. Bawdrip Civil parish
498
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 2°56′W / 51.15°N 2.94°W / 51.15; -2.94 (Bawdrip) [3]
Wooden hulk of ship, surrounded by wet sand. Berrow Civil parish
1,766
Axbridge Rural District 51°16′N 3°01′W / 51.27°N 3.01°W / 51.27; -3.01 (Berrow, Somerset) [4]
Small stone building with crosses on the roof. Brean Civil parish
682
Axbridge Rural District 51°18′N 3°01′W / 51.30°N 3.01°W / 51.30; -3.01 (Brean) [4]
Red brick buildings in front of gray stone church. In the foreground in a grassy field contained within a hedge and fence. Brent Knoll Civil parish
1,264
Axbridge Rural District 51°15′N 2°57′W / 51.25°N 2.95°W / 51.25; -2.95 (Brent Knoll) [4]
Statue of figure with outstretched arm. To the left a tall church spire and the the right a circular building with columns. Bridgwater Town
33,698
Bridgwater Municipal Borough 51°08′N 2°59′W / 51.13°N 2.99°W / 51.13; -2.99 (Bridgwater) [5]
Large road w2ith houses to left and right and hills beyond. Bridgwater Without Civil parish
405
Bridgwater Rural District 51°08′N 2°58′W / 51.14°N 2.97°W / 51.14; -2.97 (Bridgwater Without) [3]
Stone building with prominent square tower. Broomfield Civil parish
224
Bridgwater Rural District 51°05′N 3°07′W / 51.08°N 3.11°W / 51.08; -3.11 (Broomfield, Somerset) [3]
Short pier above sand, surmounted by white pavilion with flag poles. Burnham on Sea and Highbridge Town
18,922
Burnham on Sea Urban District 51°14′N 2°59′W / 51.24°N 2.99°W / 51.24; -2.99 (Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge) [6]
Small light coloured building behind a hedge and gate. Burnham Without Civil Parish
796
Axbridge Rural District 51°14′N 2°58′W / 51.23°N 2.96°W / 51.23; -2.96 (Burnham Without) [4]
Small stone building with arched doorway. The church is partialy obscured by trees. Burtle Civil parish
462
Bridgwater Rural District 51°10′N 2°52′W / 51.17°N 2.87°W / 51.17; -2.87 (Burtle) [3]
Red stone church with square tower. Cannington Civil parish
2,466
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 3°04′W / 51.15°N 3.07°W / 51.15; -3.07 (Cannington, Somerset) [3]
View of the roofs of houses amongst trees and fields. Hills in the distance under a blue cloudless sky. Catcott Civil parish
517
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 2°52′W / 51.15°N 2.87°W / 51.15; -2.87 (Catcott) [3]
White circular building with four black sails. Chapel Allerton Civil parish
344
Axbridge Rural District 51°15′N 2°51′W / 51.25°N 2.85°W / 51.25; -2.85 (Chapel Allerton, Somerset) [4]
Roofs of multiple buildings separated by trees and vegetation. In the distance is a lake and hills. Cheddar Civil parish
5,274
Axbridge Rural District 51°17′N 2°47′W / 51.28°N 2.78°W / 51.28; -2.78 (Cheddar) [4]
Stone building with square tower. Chedzoy Civil parish
427
Bridgwater Rural District 51°08′N 2°57′W / 51.13°N 2.95°W / 51.13; -2.95 (Chedzoy) [3]
Square stone tower, behind a stone wall and partially obscured by a tree. Chilton Polden Civil parish
678
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 2°54′W / 51.15°N 2.90°W / 51.15; -2.90 (Chilton Polden) [3]
Redish stone building with square tower. Chilton Trinity Civil parish
233
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 3°01′W / 51.15°N 3.01°W / 51.15; -3.01 (Chilton Trinity) [3]
Church building with square tower seen within green fields with trees and hills behind. Compton Bishop Civil parish
609
Axbridge Rural District 51°18′N 2°52′W / 51.30°N 2.87°W / 51.30; -2.87 (Compton Bishop) [4]
Stone building with square tower at left hand end. In the foreground either side of a path are gravestones in a grassy area. Cossington Civil parish
578
Bridgwater Rural District 51°10′N 2°55′W / 51.16°N 2.92°W / 51.16; -2.92 (Cossington, Somerset) [3]
Stone buildings with water in front. Durleigh Civil parish
609
Bridgwater Rural District 51°07′N 3°02′W / 51.12°N 3.04°W / 51.12; -3.04 (Durleigh) [3]
Roofs of houses with prominent church spire to the right. Hills in the background. East Brent Civil parish
1,261
Axbridge Rural District 51°16′N 2°56′W / 51.26°N 2.94°W / 51.26; -2.94 (East Brent, Somerset) [4]
Road junction with direction sign. In the background is a white painted building with a pub sign saying The Crown. East Huntspill Civil parish
1,179
Bridgwater Rural District 51°12′N 2°59′W / 51.20°N 2.98°W / 51.20; -2.98 (Huntspill) [3]
Stone wall with arched gap, overgrown with weeds. Edington Civil parish
365
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 2°53′W / 51.15°N 2.88°W / 51.15; -2.88 (Edington, Somerset) [3]
Square stone tower of church with residential buildings. In the foreground grass field contained by wooden fences. Enmore Civil parish
253
Bridgwater Rural District 51°07′N 3°05′W / 51.11°N 3.09°W / 51.11; -3.09 (Enmore, Somerset) [3]
Stone building with lighter coloured square tower. In the foreground are gravestones. Fiddington Civil parish
243
Bridgwater Rural District 51°10′N 3°07′W / 51.16°N 3.12°W / 51.16; -3.12 (Fiddington) [3]
Stone building with pillars, surrounded by grass. Goathurst Civil parish
222
Bridgwater Rural District 51°06′N 3°04′W / 51.10°N 3.06°W / 51.10; -3.06 (Goathurst) [3]
Stone building with square tower, separated from the road in the foreground by a stone wall. Greinton Civil Parish
71
Bridgwater Rural District 51°07′N 2°50′W / 51.12°N 2.84°W / 51.12; -2.84 (Greinton) [3]
White building with grey roof in the middle of green grass area. Lympsham Civil parish
872
Axbridge Rural District 51°17′N 2°57′W / 51.29°N 2.95°W / 51.29; -2.95 (Lympsham) [4]
Square church tower showing above tees and shrubs. In the foreground is a grass field with cattle. Lyng Civil parish
334
Bridgwater Rural District 51°03′N 2°58′W / 51.05°N 2.96°W / 51.05; -2.96 (Lyng, Somerset) [3]
Stone building with prominent square tower. In the foreground are gravestones. Mark Civil parish
1,349
Axbridge Rural District 51°14′N 2°53′W / 51.23°N 2.89°W / 51.23; -2.89 (Mark, Somerset) [4]
Stone building with prominent square tower. Middlezoy Civil parish
720
Bridgwater Rural District 51°05′N 2°53′W / 51.09°N 2.89°W / 51.09; -2.89 (Middlezoy) [3]
Square stone tower surrounded by trees and grass. Moorlinch Civil parish
233
Bridgwater Rural District 51°08′N 2°52′W / 51.13°N 2.86°W / 51.13; -2.86 (Moorlinch) [3]
Stone building with prominent square tower. In the foreground are gravestones. Nether Stowey Civil parish
1,423
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 3°09′W / 51.15°N 3.15°W / 51.15; -3.15 (Nether Stowey) [3]
Stone building with prominent square tower. North Petherton Civil parish
5,185
Bridgwater Rural District 51°05′N 3°01′W / 51.09°N 3.01°W / 51.09; -3.01 (North Petherton) [3]
Stone building with square tower Othery Civil parish
567
Bridgwater Rural District 51°05′N 2°53′W / 51.08°N 2.88°W / 51.08; -2.88 (Othery) [3]
Stone building with prominent square tower. In the foreground is a road and wall. Otterhampton Civil parish
914
Bridgwater Rural District 51°11′N 3°05′W / 51.18°N 3.08°W / 51.18; -3.08 (Otterhampton) [3]
Stone building with prominent square tower. In the foreground are daffodils. Over Stowey Civil parish
494
Bridgwater Rural District 51°09′N 3°09′W / 51.15°N 3.15°W / 51.15; -3.15 (Over Stowey) [3]
modern building with shop. Sign over window says Pawlett Country Store & Off Licence. Pawlett Civil Parish
1,020
Bridgwater Rural District 51°11′N 3°00′W / 51.18°N 3.00°W / 51.18; -3.00 (Pawlett, Somerset) [3]
Stone building with square tower Puriton Civil parish
2,124
Bridgwater Rural District 51°10′N 2°58′W / 51.17°N 2.97°W / 51.17; -2.97 (Puriton) [3]
Stone building with square tower Shapwick Civil parish
520
Bridgwater Rural District 51°08′N 2°50′W / 51.14°N 2.83°W / 51.14; -2.83 (Shapwick, Somerset) [3]
Stone cross surrounded by railings on grass area in front of roads and houses. Shipham Civil parish
1,136
Axbridge Rural District 51°19′N 2°48′W / 51.31°N 2.80°W / 51.31; -2.80 (Shipham) [4]
White painted building with pub sign saying The Lamb Inn Spaxton Civil parish
1,014
Bridgwater Rural District 51°08′N 3°07′W / 51.13°N 3.11°W / 51.13; -3.11 (Spaxton) [3]
Stone building with small square tower. In the foreground is a road and wall. Stawell Civil parish
365
Bridgwater Rural District 51°08′N 2°55′W / 51.14°N 2.91°W / 51.14; -2.91 (Stawell, Somerset) [3]
Houses amongst trees seen across fields and hedges. Stockland Bristol Civil parish
172
Bridgwater Rural District 51°11′N 3°05′W / 51.19°N 3.08°W / 51.19; -3.08 (Stockland Bristol) [3]
White painted building with black timbers. In the foreground is a road and road sign. Thurloxton Civil parish
163
Bridgwater Rural District 51°04′N 3°02′W / 51.07°N 3.04°W / 51.07; -3.04 (Thurloxton) [3]
Gray stone building with square tower Weare Civil parish
626
Axbridge Rural District 51°16′N 2°50′W / 51.27°N 2.84°W / 51.27; -2.84 (Weare, Somerset) [4][2]
Stone building with square tower Wedmore Civil Parish
3,111
Axbridge Rural District 51°14′N 2°49′W / 51.23°N 2.81°W / 51.23; -2.81 (Wedmore) [4]
Red stone building with square tower. In the foreground are gravestones. Wembdon Civil parish
1,887
Bridgwater Rural District 51°08′N 3°01′W / 51.13°N 3.02°W / 51.13; -3.02 (Wembdon) [3]
Stone building with arched window and square tower, separated from the road by a stone wall and railings. West Huntspill Civil parish
1,480
Bridgwater Rural District 51°12′N 2°59′W / 51.20°N 2.98°W / 51.20; -2.98 (Huntspill) [3]
Stone building with square tower Westonzoyland Civil parish
1,830
Bridgwater Rural District 51°07′N 2°55′W / 51.11°N 2.92°W / 51.11; -2.92 (Westonzoyland) [3]
Stone building with square tower Woolavington Civil parish
2,256
Bridgwater Rural District 51°10′N 2°56′W / 51.17°N 2.93°W / 51.17; -2.93 (Woolavington) [3]

Rivers

Battles

Industry

Light industry now predominates, but traditional trades include peat extraction, willow crafts and cider making can still be found, in addition to livestock farming. The River Parrett provides a source of eels (anguilla anguilla) and elvers during January through to May.

However also notable is the new Isleport trading estate at Highbridge which houses many global businesses such as Geest (Isleport Foods) who make yoghurt under franchise to Ski & Muller, Brake Brothers who supply the catering trade, BFP wholesale who supply dry goods to bakeries etc, Woodbury & Haines who supply furniture globally, Polybeam Limited who supply GRP radio masts to customers such as Marconi, and also AT&T whose centre there controls all internet cable traffic to and from the US

Industry in Bridgwater has also seen major growth recently with the opening of "Express Park" which houses Gerber Foods who are a global fruit juice supplier, NHS Logistics depot and Eddie Stobart depot. Also south of Bridgwater at Huntworth is a large Somerfield depot which supplies their Somerfield and former Kwik Save stores in the south west.

Governance

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Sedgemoor District Council

Sedgemoor District Council has traditionally been Conservative run since its creation in 1974 when it was merged with the old Bridgwater & Burnham-On-Sea Urban District Councils. Past voting trends have placed strong cores of Labour voters in Bridgwater Town, with Conservative support coming from the Villages such as Pawlett, Wedmore and Shipham. Liberal Democrats fared well in Burnham and Highbridge areas. In 1995, the Liberal Democrats and Labour took 26 seats together, out-numbering the Conservatives 24 seats, and they formed a coalition. This continued until 1999, when the Conservatives re-took Sedgemoor, crushing the Liberal Democrats from 12 seats, to just 2. The Liberal Democrats lost even their safe seat of Highbridge to Labour.

In 2000, a Conservative Councillor died, and a By-Election was called in his seat of Huntpsill and Pawlett. Previous Liberal Democrat Councillor Marilyn Wallace fought the seat, and re-took it with 56% of the vote, bringing the Liberal Democrats back up to 3 seats.

In 2003, the Conservatives extended their majority to 35 seats of 50, leaving the Liberal Democrats on just 1 Seat, Which was held by long term veteran Liberal Democrat, Mike Mansfield, who actually took the seat from the Conservatives in Burnham South, a previously Liberal Democrat safe seat. Labour remained on 14.

In 2007, the Conservatives held a status quo of 35 seats, however the Liberal Democrats gained 3 up to 4 total, all of which were in their traditional safe seat of Highbridge. This included the election of their youngest Councillor in the South west, Councillor Joe Leach, who was aged just 19 years. Mike Mansfield was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, until the untimely death of his wife. Newly elected Councillor Danny Titcombe then was elected leader of the Group. on April 14 2008, Cllr. Danny Titcombe announced his defection to the Conservative Party, effectively boosting their majority to 36 seats. Despite calls of resignation from all sides, Cllr. Titcombe continued in his role. At 20 Years old, Cllr Joe Leach became the youngest group Leader in the Country, and still continues to lead his party on the Council at 21. The Labour Party dropped to 11 seats, losing 2 in highbridge to the Liberal Democrats, and 1 in Bridgwater Bower to the Conservatives. The Conservatives lost 1 in Highbridge to the Liberal Democrats (before defection).

The Conservative Leader is Cllr. Duncan McGinty, who is also leader of council. He succeeded Cllr. John Lang in 2006. The Labour Group Leader is Cllr. Roger Lavers, who succeeded Cllr. John Turner in 1999.

Members of UK parliament

The area is falls within the Bridgwater and Wells county constituencies which are represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system of election. Following its review of parliamentary representation in Somerset, the Boundary Commission for England has finalised the proposals which expands the existing Bridgwater seat into a new Bridgwater and West Somerset division. The current MP for Bridgewater is Ian Liddell-Grainger, and for Wells is David Heathcoat-Amory, both are members of the Conservatives.[7]

European parliament

Residents of Sedgemoor also form part of the electorate for the South West England constituency for elections to the European Parliament.[8]

Education

Schools (those which are not independent) in Sedgemoor are operated the Children & Young People's Directorate of Somerset County Council, although some such as The Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar have distanced themselves from the county council by opting for foundation status.

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "Sedgemoor parish population estimates for 2002". Somerset County Council. 2002. http://www.webcitation.org/5lRyCSu4c. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak "A Vision of Britain Through Time : Bridgwater Rural District". Great Britain Historical GIS Project 2004/University of Portsmouth. Data © Office of National Statistics, for England and Wales. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10025527&c_id=10001043. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "A Vision of Britain Through Time : Axbridge Rural District". Great Britain Historical GIS Project 2004/University of Portsmouth. Data © Office of National Statistics, for England and Wales. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10025515&c_id=10001043. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  
  5. ^ "A Vision of Britain Through Time : Bridgwater Municipal Borough". Great Britain Historical GIS Project 2004/University of Portsmouth. Data © Office of National Statistics, for England and Wales. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10074058&c_id=10001043. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  
  6. ^ "A Vision of Britain Through Time : Burnham on Sea Urban District". Great Britain Historical GIS Project 2004/University of Portsmouth. Data © Office of National Statistics, for England and Wales. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10186274&c_id=10001043. Retrieved 2009-12-08.  
  7. ^ "Alphabetical List of Constituencies and Members of Parliament". House Of Commons Information Office. http://www.parliament.uk/directories/hciolists/alcm.cfm#B. Retrieved 2008-01-19.  
  8. ^ "UK MEPs for the South West". European Parliament UK Office. http://www.europarl.org.uk/uk_meps/southwest.asp. Retrieved 2008-01-11.  

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