Milverton

Milverton is one of the largest villages in Somerset and it is well worth exploring for its many fine Georgian buildings. It retains its medieval street pattern around the church which is on a central prominence. Its name was perhaps taken from the old Town Mill to the north of the village. Although the present building dates from the 18th century (and was still used for grinding corn well into the 20th century), there has been a mill on the site since Saxon times.

The Domesday survey of 1086 shows that Milverton was then a substantial place with one of only seven recorded markets in the whole of Somerset. Milverton was from Saxon times to the 19th Century the centre of the Milverton Hundred (the Local Government division), which stretched to Ashbrittle in the West and Sampford Arundel in the South. It was later entitled to be known as ‘The Royal Manor and Borough of Milverton’. The village seems to have gone into some decline after this period. The woollen industry became, for centuries, the mainstay of the population. It was a cottage industry, with many spinning wheels and looms being worked throughout the village. The weavers of Milverton came to be renowned for their serges, druggets and baizes. As there were no textile mills in Milverton the products of the cottagers were sent to the mills of the Were (later Fox) family at Wellington for finishing and distribution. These were prosperous times again, and the resulting houses now grace the streets of the village, the best of which is North Street.

The village is served by a general groceries shop (Milverton Stores), a post office, a hairdressers and the Globe Inn offering good food and accommodation to a high standard. Far from being a sleepy little village, Milverton offers a plethora of activities ranging from Music Club, Concert Society, W.I., quiz evenings and Bridge club to Pilates and numerous other clubs too numerous to mention here! The Milverton Trust organises the annual street fair, bonfire extravaganza and St. George’s/Burns Night celebrations.

Milverton has excellent transport links with the M5 being just four and a half miles away and a mainline train station eight miles away in Taunton. The area is served with two airports, Exeter and Bristol, both with international flights throughout the week. The 25 bus service gives the village an hourly service to Taunton and to Dulverton in the other direction, Monday through Saturday.

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