Monkton Combe is a village and civil parish in north Somerset,
England, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Bath. The parish, which
includes the hamlet of Tucking Mill, has a population of 554.
3 Religious sites
8 External links
Monkton Combe was part of the hundred of Bath Forum.
According to Rev. John Collinson in his History of
the town's proper name is Combe Monkton, or really just Combe with the
Monkton being attached as an adjective to differentiate it from
Combe Down and Combe Grove. The village was originally
owned by the monks of Bath Abbey, hence Monkton Combe.
It was on the route of the (now disused)
Somerset Coal Canal, which
ran parallel to Midford Brook.
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
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 coalfield until 1952.
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
The parish falls within the unitary authority of Bath and North East
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 and
Somerset Constabulary and
the Great Western Ambulance Service.
Bath and North East Somerset's area covers part of the ceremonial
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 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
United Kingdom as part of the Bath county constituency which is to
become North East
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
European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt
method of party-list proportional representation.
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, the last surviving
British soldier who served in the First World War.
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.
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
Channel 4 Television presenter and investigative journalist
Seyi Rhodes is among the School's former pupils.
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
^ a b "
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.
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^ "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.
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Calculus: General Election Prediction. Archived from the original on
14 February 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2007.
^ "St. Michael's Church". Images of England. English Heritage.
Retrieved 18 July 2010.
^ "The Wheelwright's Arms". Images of England. English Heritage.
Retrieved 18 July 2010.
^ "The Old Mill". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18
^ "Lock-up". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 July
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