Crewkerne Town Guide
...neo classical architecture, high street stores and unique shops and plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants to delight every visitor
A delightful small market town set on the border with Dorset, it is a good base for a local relaxed getaway or for trips around the area visiting all that is on offer from historical buildings to religious sites and beautiful gardens.
First mentioned in the 899 will of Alfred the Great when he left it to his younger brother Aethelweard, the town thrived and by the Domesday survey in 1086 in was described as a Royal manor. It is thought there was a castle which was possibly a Norman motte castle on Castle Hill to the north west of the town.
During medieval times the textile industry dominated with cloth, webbing and sails for the Royal Navy, but later in the Georgian period it prospered more as a coaching stop.
Today Crewkerne is a busy little market town with lots of local industries and larger businesses.
Lying to the west of the river Perrett Crewkerne is built of neo classical architecture and has a market square around which many of the older buildings are situated. There are many cafes, pubs, ships and supermarkets that you would associate with a busy town as well as a local nature reserve in the 12 acre Bincombe Beeches and a site of special scientific interest in Millwater biological site.
The 15th century church of St Bartholomew is of perpendicular style and has unusual and individual features. These include six light aisle windows and Tudor style chapels and windows in the north east corner. It is a Grade I listed building.
Crewkerne is also home to the Ariel Motor Company, the UK’s smallest motor company which produces the Ariel Atom.
Things to do and see
Crewkerne Aqua Centre– for swimming and fitness facilities
Crewkerne and District Museum- part of a wider heritage centre which includes local archives and a meeting room. The museum is housed in an old house with an 18th century frontage.
Fishing– Highlands Dairy Lake, Highlands Dairy Farm, Hewish, near Crewkerne, Somerset 01460 74180begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
Local places of interest
Forde Abbey and gardens – a former medieval monastery with beautiful gardens perfect for gardeners, family outings and group visits
Clapton Court– 10 acres of formal and informal gardens and a kitchen garden.
Ham Hill– 400 acres of open access country park offering views across the Somerset Levels and across to the Mendips Hills and Exmoor. Free guidebooks are available from local tourist centres.
Yeovil – the major town of South Somerset with lots of history and a fantastic shopping centre
Chard– the birthplace of powered flight set in the foot of the unspoiled Blackdown Hills.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015