CASTLE CARY (/ˌkɑːsəl ˈkɛəri/ ) is a small market town and
civil parish in south
The town is situated at the foot of Lodge Hill and on the River Cary , a tributary of the Parrett .
* 1 History
* 1.1 May 2008 flooding
* 2 Governance * 3 Transport * 4 Landmarks * 5 Religious sites * 6 Notable residents * 7 Education * 8 References * 9 External links
The site of Cary Castle is above the town. It was built either by Walter of Douai or by the following owners, the Perceval family, after the Norman conquest . It was besieged by King Stephen in 1138, and again in 1153. By 1468 the castle had been abandoned in favour of a manor house which was built beside it. The site was excavated in 1890 and demonstrated the foundations of a 24 square metres (258 sq ft) square tower, although only the earthworks are visible today.
The parish was part of the hundred of Catsash .
The manor was held by the Lovels and descended by marriage in 1351 to the St Maur (Seymour) family and in 1409 to the Baron Zouche . The manor was bought in the 1780s by the Hoares of Stourhead in Wiltshire .
The town grew around the mediaeval weaving industry and is home to a horsehair weaving factory.
The Living History Group is an active group of local amateur
historians in the town who have published several books concerning the
The high-speed railway line to London , good local schools and services, along with an attractive rural setting have all played their part in the recent growth of the town. Nearby Viridor Waste Management offers household recycling facilities, based on the old army camp at Dimmer, and in conjunction with Carymoor Environmental Trust holds educational tours around the site for schools.
MAY 2008 FLOODING
On 29 May 2008
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 town falls within the Non-metropolitan district of South Somerset , which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 , having previously been part of Wincanton Rural District . 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 .
It is also part of the
Castle Cary railway station is on the main Reading to
Bus services operate from the town to Yeovil, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wincanton.
The town is on the Monarch\'s Way long-distance footpath.
The market hall The Roundhouse
The Market House a grade II* listed building built in 1855 in
anticipation of increased trade after the projected arrival of the
railway in 1856, by F.C. Penrose. It replaced the former house on the
site which had stood since 1616, and incorporating some features from
the earlier building. The market house contains the local Castle Cary
and District Museum . There is a varied collection of exhibits spread
over the two floors of the building. The earliest are local fossils
including ammonites and a display about the discovery of an
ichthyosaurus at Alford . Local industry and agriculture are
represented with displays on the production of rope and hemp and a
collection of agricultural implements, tools and relics. A room is
dedicated to the live and work of Parson
James Woodforde who was born
at the Parsonage in nearby
Hadspen House is Grade II* Listed manor house outside the town. The original farmhouse was built by William Player between 1687 and 1689; the Hobhouse family acquired the house in 1785 and have owned it ever since. The gardens were restored by the garden writer and designer Penelope Hobhouse in the late 1960s.
The Grade II* listed Top Mill Building at Higher Flax Mills which was built in the 19th century is on the Heritage at Risk register.
The largest church in the town is All Saints\' , which dates from
1470 and is notable for its high steeple, which contains six bells
dating from 1760 and made by Thomas Bilbie of the
Bilbie family . It
has been designated by
There is also a Methodist church and St Andrew's in the neighbouring
Notable people from the town include the 18th-century diarist James Woodforde who was curate between 1765 and 1775 and Douglas Macmillan , founder of the Macmillan Cancer Relief charity. The Macmillan Way walking trail passes through the town.
The town has a primary and a secondary school.
* ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles"