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MONKTON COMBE is a village and civil parish in north Somerset
Somerset
, England, 3 miles (4.8 km ) south of Bath . The parish, which includes the hamlet of Tucking Mill , has a population of 554.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Governance * 3 Religious sites * 4 Landmarks * 5 School * 6 Gallery * 7 References * 8 External links

HISTORY

Monkton Combe
Monkton Combe
was part of the hundred of Bath Forum .

According to Rev. John Collinson in his History of Somerset
Somerset
(1791), the town's proper name is Combe Monkton, or really just Combe with the Monkton being attached as an adjective to differentiate it from neighbouring Combe Down
Combe Down
and Combe Grove. The village was originally owned by the monks of Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
, hence Monkton Combe.

It was on the route of the (now disused) Somerset
Somerset
Coal Canal , which ran parallel to Midford Brook
Midford Brook
.

Monkton Combe
Monkton Combe
railway station featured in the 1953 film The Titfield Thunderbolt , one of the Ealing comedies . The film's plot centred on efforts by villagers to preserve their local railway line. It was on the short-lived branch line of the Bristol and North Somerset
Somerset
Railway which went from Limpley Stoke to Camerton and had closed to passenger traffic in 1925, though the line was used for freight traffic from the Somerset
Somerset
coalfield until 1952.

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, such as the village car park and playgrounds , 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 of interest to the council. The Village Hall and Village Green are the responsibility of the Village Hall Committee and not of the Parish Council.

The parish falls within the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset
Somerset
which was created in 1996, as established by the Local Government Act 1992 . It provides a single tier of local government with responsibility for almost all local government functions within its area including local planning and building control , local roads, council housing , environmental health , markets and fairs, refuse collection , recycling , cemeteries , crematoria , leisure services, parks, and tourism. It is also responsible for education , social services , libraries , main roads, public transport, Trading Standards , waste disposal and strategic planning, although fire, police and ambulance services are provided jointly with other authorities through the Avon Fire and Rescue Service
Avon Fire and Rescue Service
, Avon and Somerset
Somerset
Constabulary and the Great Western Ambulance Service .

Bath and North East Somerset's area covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset
Somerset
but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county . Its administrative headquarters is in Bath . Between 1 April 1974, and 1 April 1996, it was the Wansdyke district and the City of Bath of the county of Avon . Before 1974 that the parish was part of the Bathavon Rural District .

The parish falls within the 'Bathavon South' electoral ward . The ward starts in the north east at Monkton Combe
Monkton Combe
and stretches south west through Wellow to Shoscombe . The total population of this ward at the 2011 census was 3,052.

The parish is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
as part of the Bath county constituency which is to become North East Somerset
Somerset
at next general election. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It is also part of the South West England
South West England
constituency of the European Parliament
European Parliament
which elects seven MEPs using the d\'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation .

RELIGIOUS SITES

The parish church of St Michael was thought to have been Norman but was razed in the early 19th century. The more or less Early English Period 1865 structure that currently stands with significant 1886 additions was constructed on the site of the 1814 one. It was designed by C. E. Giles, of London, and the builder was Mr. S. G. Mitchell. It is a Grade II listed building .

The churchyard contains the grave of Harry Patch
Harry Patch
, the last surviving British soldier who served in the First World War
First World War
.

LANDMARKS

Village Lock up

The village has one public house , the Wheelwrights Arms, which was built as a private house in the mid-late 18th century.

There are two mills, neither of which in working order. The Old Mill was built in the early-mid 19th century.

There is also a village lock-up built in the 18th century, probably 1776, which is a Grade II listed building and an Ancient monument
Ancient monument
.

SCHOOL

A significant proportion of the village centre is taken up by Monkton Combe School , an independent Christian boarding and day school of the British public school tradition, with 350 pupils — most of whom board. The Channel 4
Channel 4
Television presenter and investigative journalist Seyi Rhodes is among the School's former pupils.

GALLERY

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The main street, with the school on the left *

Part of the village, looking south-west. The unusual pitched-roof church tower can just be seen in the centre of the view *

Part of the main street, from the fields above

REFERENCES

* ^ A B " Monkton Combe
Monkton Combe
Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 December 2013. * ^ Reverend John Collinson (1791). The History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset. 1. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-171-40217-6 . * ^ " Somerset
Somerset
Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 September 2011. * ^ "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". HMSO. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2007. * ^ "Bathavon RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. * ^ "Bathavon South ward 2011.Retrieved 8 March 2015". * ^ " Somerset
Somerset
North East: New Boundaries Calculation". Electoral Calculus: General Election Prediction. Retrieved 19 September 2007. * ^ "St. Michael\'s Church". Images of England
England
. English Heritage
English Heritage
. Retrieved 18 July 2010. * ^ "The Wheelwright\'s Arms". Images of England
England
. English Heritage . Retrieved 18 July 2010. * ^ "The Old Mill". Images of England
England
. English Heritage
English Heritage
. Retrieved 18 July 2010. * ^ "Lock-up". Images of England
England
. English Heritage
English Heritage
. Retrieved 18 July 2010.

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