Knowledge Identifier: $Somerset



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Category: Environment (330)

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Countries: United Kingdom (83%), (5%), United States (3%)

Main connections: Marcus Trescothick, Herbie Hewett, England

Linked to: All Hallows Preparatory School, American Museum in Britain, Ariel Motor Company, Blake Museum




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Alfred the Great - They withdrew to Mercia, but, in January 0878 made a sudden attack on Chippenham, a royal stronghold in which Alfred had been staying over Christmas, "and most of the people they killed, except the King Alfred, and he with a little band made his way by wood and swamp, and after Easter he made a fort at Athelney in the marshes of Somerset, and from that fort kept fighting against the foe"


Somerton took over from Ilchester as the county town in the late thirteenth century, but it declined in importance and the status of county town transferred to Taunton about 1366 add something


In 1373 Edward III proclaimed "that the town of Bristol with its suburbs and precincts shall henceforth be separate from the counties of Gloucester and Somerset add something


William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester - His father, who had held a command against the Cornish rebels in 1497, was the head of a younger branch of an ancient Somerset family seated in the fourteenth century at Pawlett or Paulet and Road, close to Bridgwater, being the son of John Paulet and Elizabeth Roos


Thomas Wolsey - Between 1500 and 1509 he held the living of Church of Saint Mary, Limington, in Somerset


King's School, Bruton, was founded in 1519 and received royal foundation status around 30 years later in the reign of Edward VI add something


Lionel Duckett - In 1556, he acquired lands in Somerset and Devon


John Popham (Lord Chief Justice) - He served as an MP for Lyme Regis in 1558 and for Bristol in 1571 and 1572 and was a Justice of the Peace in Somerset


John Popham (Lord Chief Justice) - Popham died on 10 June 1607 at Wellington, Somerset


In 1685 the Monmouth Rebellion was played out in Somerset and neighbouring Dorset add something


Alfred the Great - The Alfred jewel, discovered in Somerset in 1693, has long been associated with King Alfred because of its Old English inscription "AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN"


William Dampier - A public house in Middle Street, Yeovil, Somerset, UK, is named in his honour; it is part of the Wetherspoon chain.


Some of these schools have religious affiliations, such as Monkton Combe School, Prior Park College, Sidcot School which is associated with the Religious Society of Friends, Downside School which is a Roman Catholic public school in Stratton-on-the-Fosse, situated next to the Benedictine Downside Abbey, and Kingswood School, which was founded by John Wesley in 1748 in Kingswood near Bristol, originally for the education of the sons of the itinerant ministers of the Methodist Church add something


Farming continued to flourish, however, and the Bath and West of England Society for the Encouragement of Agriculture, Arts, Manufactures and Commerce was founded in 1777 to improve farming methods add something


Joshua Toulmin - He followed up this census with his book, "The History of Taunton in the County of Somerset," which was published in 1791 while he held the title schoolmaster


Despite this, 20 years later John Billingsley conducted a survey of the county's agriculture in 1795 and found that agricultural methods could still be improved add something


William Wilberforce - Despite the urgings of friends to slow down, the couple married in Bath, Somerset, Somerset, on 30 May 1797


Coal mining was an important industry in north Somerset during the 18th and 19th centuries, and by 1800 it was prominent in Radstock add something


The Dorset and Somerset Canal was proposed, but little of it was ever constructed and it was abandoned in 1803 add something


A planned branch to Midford was never built, but in 1815 a tramway was laid along its towing path add something


In 1871 the tramway was purchased by the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway , and operated until the 1950s add something


Bill Roe - He played for Somerset in 1879 before leaving school and in his first innings was bowled "neck and crop" by W.G. Grace


E. W. Bastard - In 1883, he made his highest first-class score, making 47 runs during Somerset's second innings against Hampshire


E. W. Bastard - Bastard was Somerset's leading wicket-taker again in 1885, claiming 25 wickets


Herbie Hewett - In 1885, Somerset County Cricket Club had failed to field eleven players for some of their first-class contests, and in most of their other matches were a poor side


Herbie Hewett - Poor results in 1885 saw Somerset lose their first-class status for the following seasons


E. W. Bastard - Somerset's temporary loss of first-class status in 1885 brought a premature end to Bastard's first-class career when he was 23


Herbie Hewett - Hewett was educated at Harrow School, won a Blue at Oxford in 1886 and played for Somerset from 1884


Herbie Hewett - Somerset played just six matches in 1886 of which Hewett played two, top-scoring with 69 against Devon


Herbie Hewett - During 1887, in a second-class match for Somerset against Warwickshire, Hewett scored 98 to help Somerset to an innings victory, scoring the first 92 runs in less than an hour, an unusually high rate of scoring


Herbie Hewett - The next year, 1888, he scored successive half-centuries for Somerset early in the season against Warwickshire and Staffordshire before making his debut for the Marylebone Cricket Club


E. W. Bastard - Although he continued to play for the side in second-class cricket until 1889, by the time Somerset resumed first-class cricket in 1891, Bastard had lost his place following the emergence of Sammy Woods and the acquisitions of Ted Tyler and George Nichols


Herbie Hewett - Even so, he was appointed captain of Somerset in 1889


Bill Roe - He became captain of Somerset in 1889 and played intermittently until 1899, his highest score being 132 against Hampshire at Bath in 1884


Herbie Hewett - Hewett's appearances for Somerset in 1889 were more successful


E. W. Bastard - However, the additions of Sammy Woods, Ted Tyler and George Nichols resulted in Bastard bowling less frequently, and he made his final appearance for the county in August 1889 against the MCC. He was not required to bowl in the match, which Somerset won by 9 wickets, thanks to Tyler and Woods


Herbie Hewett - At the end of the 1890 season he was presented with a handsome silver flask by members of Somerset County Cricket Club


Herbie Hewett - Hewett top-scored with 65 in the second-innings of Somerset's opening county match of 1890, and two matches later scored 64 during a first-wicket partnership of 115 with Lionel Palairet against Leicestershire


Patrick Young Alexander - Also in 1891, Patrick Alexander acquired an aperture refractor telescope which was erected in Bath, Somerset


Herbie Hewett - In 1891, Somerset finished joint fifth among the nine first-class counties, while the subsequent year they rose to third


Herbie Hewett - After the success of the 1892 season, and because talented, Australian-born Sammy Woods was playing for Somerset, the match was eagerly anticipated


Herbie Hewett - In summary of the 1892 season "The Cricket Annual" notes that "the Somerset player, in fact, had established the reputation of being the most punishing batsman and rapid scorer of the day, and on last season's form no representative eleven could be considered complete without him


Herbie Hewett - Under Hewett's captaincy, Somerset won eight, drew three and lost five matches in 1892, finishing third in the County Championship, which would remain their highest position for over 100 years, until the county were runners-up in the competition in 2001


Herbie Hewett - A disagreement over whether play should take place on a sodden pitch in the match against the Australians in 1893 led to Hewett's departure from Somerset at the end of that season


Herbie Hewett - He scored 1,092 runs in total during 1893, of which his 669 for Somerset in the championship were scored at an average of 31,85, topping the county's batting charts


Herbie Hewett - In July 1893, the touring Australians played Somerset at Taunton for the first time since 1882, when both the ground and the county team were barely established


Herbie Hewett - As evidenced by the manner in which Hewett left Somerset and walked off during the Scarborough Festival of 1895, he possessed a short fuse


Others have changed their names over the years such as Beechen Cliff School which was started in 1905 as the City of Bath Boys' School and changed to its present name in 1972 when the grammar school was amalgamated with a local secondary modern school, to form a comprehensive school add something


John Bythesea - He died at South Kensington on 18 May 1906 and was buried at Bath Abbey Cemetery, Somerset


Adopted as the motto in 1911, the phrase is taken from the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" add something


George Woods (British politician) - From 1914 to 1921 Woods served as minister at Mary Street Chapel, Taunton, Somerset, and from 1921 as minister of York Unitarian Chapel


Henry Watson Fowler - In 1918, Francis died aged 47 of tuberculosis, contracted during service with the B.E.F. After his brother's death, Henry Fowler and his wife moved to Hinton St. George in Somerset, where he worked on the Pocket Oxford Dictionary and "Modern English Usage", which he dedicated to his brother


Since the 1920s, the county has supplied aggregates add something


The Somerset Coalfield reached its peak production by the 1920s, but all the pits have now been closed, the last in 1973 add something


John Popham (Lord Chief Justice) - The Leyborne-Popham family sold Littlecote in 1929 and moved to their other seat at Hunstrete House, Pensford, Somerset


During the 1930s more than of willow were being grown commercially on the Levels add something


Vernon Bartlett - He was elected to the House of Commons for the Somerset seat of Bridgwater as a Popular Front candidate opposed to appeasement in a by-election held on 18 November 1938


John Harding, 1st Baron Harding of Petherton - Harding served in World War II initially as Commanding officer of 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, in which capacity he served in Waziristan and was mentioned in despatches, before joining the staff of Middle East Command in September 1940 and becoming Brigadier on the General Staff of Western Desert Force in December 1940


The Chew Magna decoy town was hit by half a dozen bombs on 2 December 1940, and over a thousand incendiaries on 3 January 1941 add something


Howard Jacobson - Jacobson's brother Stephen, born in 1946, is a noted artist who lives in Portishead, Somerset, Somerset


John Harding, 1st Baron Harding of Petherton - He was Colonel of the North Somerset Yeomanry from 2 February 1949, Colonel of the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles from 18 May 1951, Colonel of the Somerset Light Infantry from 13 April 1953, Colonel of the Life Guards from 26 April 1957 and Colonel of the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry from 6 October 1959


Largely due to the displacement of baskets with plastic bags and cardboard boxes, the industry has severely declined since the 1950s add something


In the far west of the county, running into Devon, is Exmoor, a high Devonian sandstone moor, which was designated as a national park in 1954, under the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act add something


To the south-west of the Somerset Levels are the Quantock Hills which was England's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designated in 1956 which is covered in heathland, oak woodlands, ancient parklands with plantations of conifer and covers 99 square kilometres add something


Terry Pratchett - His family moved to Bridgwater, Somerset briefly in 1957, following which he passed his eleven plus exam in 1959, earning him a place in John Hampden Grammar School


Until the 1960s the piers at Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead and Minehead were served by the paddle steamers of P and A Campbell who ran regular services to Barry and Cardiff as well as Ilfracombe and Lundy Island add something


Until the 1960s, Puriton had Blue Lias stone quarries, as did several other Polden villages add something


Michael Pollock - After a tour as Director, Surface Weapons at the Admiralty's shore establishment at Bath, Somerset commencing in January 1960, he was considered for command of the cruiser HMS "Blake", but instead was given command of the aircraft carrier HMS "Ark Royal" in January 1963


The University of Bath gained its Royal Charter in 1966, although its origins go back to the Bristol Trade School and Bath School of Pharmacy add something


Michael Pollock - He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath, Somerset in the 1966 Birthday Honours


Richard Long, 3rd Viscount Long - He died at Bath, Somerset in Somerset 12 January 1967 and is buried in the family vault at West Ashton, Wiltshire


Terry Pratchett - Terry Pratchett married his wife Lyn in 1968, and they moved to Rowberrow, Somerset in 1970


Michael Pollock - Advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, Somerset in the 1969 Birthday Honours, he became Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy in January 1970 and received promotion to full admiral on 21 April 1970


In the 1970s the Royal Portbury Dock was constructed to provide extra capacity for the Port of Bristol add something


Michael Pollock - The new First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Peter Hill-Norton, was promoted to replace Le Fanu, and Pollock, having been advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, Somerset in the 1971 New Year Honours, was suddenly invited to replace Hill-Norton as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in March 1971


These unitary authorities formed part of the administrative county of Somerset before the creation of Avon in 1974 add something


Vic Marks - Marks had a distinguished first-class career between 1975 and 1989 for Somerset


Michael Pollock - He was King of Arms of the Order of the Bath, Somerset and Gloucester King of Arms, with responsibility for heraldry in Wales from 1976 to 1985


George Sassoon - His daughter and son by his third marriage, Isobel Hannah and Thomas Thornycroft , were both killed in a road accident in Mendip, Somerset, in 1996


Leslie Crowther - He had lived near Bath, Somerset from 1978, whilst maintaining a flat in London overlooking Lord's Cricket Ground


Christopher Booker - In 1979, he married Valerie Patrick, with whom he has two sons; they live in Somerset


Vic Marks - This was an unusual distinction in the Somerset side of the 1980s, where three explosive personalities, Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Ian Botham, had a dispute with captain Peter Roebuck, which resulted in Somerset opting not to renew Richards' and Garner's contracts in 1986, and Botham leaving the club in protest


Richard Harden - He was a right-handed batsman, who played for Somerset , where he was awarded his county cap in 1989, and Yorkshire


Brian Ashton (rugby union) - Four years later Ashton was offered an accepted a job as backs coach job at Bath Rugby, resultantly moving to teach history and coach various sports at King's School, Bruton, Somerset from 1989, where his wife worked as a teacher


Leslie Crowther - In August 1992, Rita Rees of the Bristol Headway branch, a brain injury charity, introduced herself to Crowther at Bath, Somerset railway station, told him about Headway's work, and asked him if he would visit Headway house, a recovery centre for people who had suffered brain injuries


Instead, in 1993, redundant factory buildings were converted to form Clarks Village, the first purpose-built factory outlet in the UK. C&J Clark had shoe factories, at one time at Bridgwater, Minehead, Westfield and Weston super Mare to provide employment outside the main summer tourist season, but those satellite sites were closed in the late 1980s, before the main site at Street add something


Marcus Trescothick - A left-handed opening batsman, he made his first-class debut for Somerset in 1993 and quickly established himself as a regular member of the team


Marcus Trescothick - He was educated at the Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldland Common near Bristol , where his exceptional scores for the school were rewarded with a Somerset contract in 1993


Lois Maxwell - In 1994, she returned to England once more in order to be near her daughter, and retired to a cottage in Frome, Somerset


Marcus Trescothick - Trescothick's first full season at Somerset in 1994 was one of his best, where he scored a total of 925 runs, including two centuries and eight half-centuries at an impressive batting average of 48,63


Blair Stewart-Wilson - He was HM's Representative Trustee on the Board of the Royal Armouries, from 1995 to 2004, and served as the Somerset County Patron for the charity Cancer Research UK from 1997 until his death


Marcus Trescothick - Trescothick was not as successful in domestic cricket in 1995, although there were still some highlights including an innings of 151 against Northamptonshire , and a hat-trick, including the wicket of century-maker Adam Gilchrist, for Somerset against Young Australia


Marcus Trescothick - However, Trescothick was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award for Somerset's most promising young county player in the 1996 and 1997 seasons


Leslie Crowther - Leslie Crowther died from heart failure on 29 September 1996 in the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Somerset, at the age of 63, with his wife Jean and family at his side


Marcus Trescothick - In 1997, Somerset Second XI were set 612 to win by Warwickshire Second XI, and Trescothick scored 322 to bring the Seconds to 605


In December 1998 there were 20 days without sun recorded at Yeovilton add something


Marcus Trescothick - Trescothick was named the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year for his performances for Somerset throughout 2000


Marcus Trescothick - Trescothick's regular selection for England meant that he was rarely available for domestic selection between 2000 and 2006, often playing only a few matches for Somerset at the start of the season


In the 2001 census the population of the Somerset County Council area was 498,093 add something


Tourism is a major industry, estimated in 2001 to support around 23,000 people add something


John Habakkuk - He died, from renal failure and myelodysplasia, at the house of one of his daughters, Little Orchard, Scot Lane, Chew Stoke, in Somerset, England, on 3 November 2002


The county gained its first Football League club in 2003, when Yeovil Town won promotion to Division Three as Football Conference champions add something


Anthony Lloyd - Born in Taunton, Somerset, Lloyd began his career as a trainee with the Huddersfield Town youth system, signing a professional contract on 22 August 2003


Jeremy Clarkson - In 2004, the BBC apologised unreservedly and paid £250 in compensation to a Somerset parish council, after Clarkson damaged a 30-year-old horse-chestnut tree by driving into it to test the strength of a Toyota Hilux


Bath Spa University, which is based at Newton St Loe, achieved university status in 2005, and has origins including the Bath Academy of Art , Bath Teacher Training College, and the Bath College of Higher Education add something


Julia Sawalha - After meeting Rich Annetts at the Glastonbury Festival in 2005, the couple moved to Bath, Somerset, Somerset and lived in a flat close to the Royal Crescent


It has been announced twice, in 2006 and 2007, that manufacturing is to end at Thales Optics' Taunton site, but the trade unions and Taunton Deane District Council are working to reverse or mitigate these decisions add something


Michael Pollock - He died in Martock in Somerset on 27 September 2006


Michael Eavis - In November 2006 he was appointed as President of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Industry


In 2007, proposals to abolish the five district councils in favour of a unitary authority were rejected following local opposition add something


The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was formed in 2007 upon the merger of the Somerset Fire and Rescue Service with its neighbouring Devon service; it covers the area of Somerset County Council as well as the entire ceremonial county of Devon add something


They came close to yet another promotion in 2007, when they reached the League One playoff final, but lost to Blackpool at the newly reopened Wembley Stadium add something


Marcus Trescothick - He began the process of rebuilding his career with Somerset in 2007, and scored two double-centuries that season


Marcus Trescothick - Of his 2007 season, Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose stated that Trescothick had made "terrific progress"


Arabella Churchill (charity founder) - On Thursday 20 December 2007, Churchill died at St Edmund's Cottages, Bove Town, Glastonbury, Somerset, aged 58


Marcus Trescothick - On 15 March 2008, Somerset announced that Trescothick had decided to pull out of the county's pre-season tour of the UAE after suffering a recurrence of his condition, leading many to speculate that, given this latest setback, it seemed increasing unlikely that Trescothick would represent England again


The site was decommissioned and closed in July 2008 add something


Marcus Trescothick - After an excellent domestic season for Somerset, including 184 in a 40-over match against Gloucestershire , Trescothick released his autobiography, "Coming Back to Me", on 1 September 2008, explaining that he had suffered from anxiety attacks since the age of 10, and that playing domestic cricket meant that, at all times, he was only ever three hours away from his family


Pearl Lowe - Goffey and Lowe married on December 4, 2008, in Babington House, Somerset


Amanda Holden - She married record producer Hughes at Babington House, Somerset, on 10 December 2008 with former Formula One racing driver David Coulthard acting as the best man


Marcus Trescothick - Trescothick continued his career with Somerset into 2009, having received a benefit year from his county, as well as a new stand in his name


Frankie Howerd - On 15 May 2009, Heymer died in the home that he and Howerd had shared near Axbridge, Somerset


Michael Eavis - In November 2009, Eavis starred in a short film to promote Somerset, commissioned by Inward Investment Agency Into Somerset


Marcus Trescothick - Trescothick led Somerset into the 2010 season as captain, and began strongly in the County Championship with a century and four half-centuries from his first eight games, though he struggled in the newly formed Clydesdale Bank 40 with only 95 runs from the first five matches, and in the Friends Provident T20 173 runs at 21,62 with a best of 50


Marcus Trescothick - With the departure of Justin Langer, Trescothick was named as Somerset captain from 2010 onwards


Dick King-Smith - King-Smith died at his home near Bath, Somerset, Somerset, on 4 January 2011 at the age of 88


NNB Generation Company, a subsidiary of EDF, submitted an application for development consent to the Infrastructure Planning Commission on 31 October 2011 add something


Marcus Trescothick - However, as 2012 - Trescothick's 19th season at Somerset - approached, there was talk of resting him from the newly formed one-day cricket championship that following year


Indira Varma - In 2012, she played Jessica in Terry Johnson's "Hysteria" at the Theatre Royal, Bath, Somerset


Somerset contains HM Prison Shepton Mallet, which was England's oldest prison still in use prior to its closure in 2013, having opened in 1610 add something


Yeovil achieved promotion to the Championship in 2013 after beating Brentford in the playoff final add something


The South Western Ambulance Service covers the entire South West of England, including all of Somerset; prior to February 2013 the unitary districts of Somerset came under the Great Western Ambulance Service, which merged into South Western add something


The Flag of Somerset, representing the ceremonial county, has been registered with the Flag Institute following a competition in July 2013 add something


In December 2013, the European Commission opened an investigation to assess whether the project breaks state-aid rules add something


Marcus Trescothick - He nevertheless continues to play for Somerset into 2014, working as a commentator and analyst for Sky Sports in the off-season


James Purefoy - Mr Purefoy and Ms Adams were married in Somerset, England in July 2014


On 8 October 2014 it was announced that the European Commission has approved the project, with an overwhelming majority and only four commissioners voting against the decision add something


Marcus Trescothick - He nevertheless continues to play for Somerset into 2015, working as a commentator and analyst for Sky Sports in the off-season


Marcus Trescothick - He nevertheless continues to play for Somerset into 2016, working as a commentator and analyst for Sky Sports in the off-season


In September 2016, West Somerset and Taunton Deane councils agreed in principle to merge the districts into one subject to consultation add something


Marcus Trescothick - He nevertheless continues to play for Somerset, having signed a contract extension until the end of the 2017 season, working as a commentator and analyst for Sky Sports in the off-season


In the June 2017 general election, the majority of constituencies of the county elected Conservative MPs, with the exception of Bath, who elected a Liberal Democrats The ceremonial county of Somerset contains the constituencies Bridgwater and West Somerset, North East Somerset, North Somerset, Bath, Somerton and Frome, Taunton Deane, Wells, Yeovil, and Weston-super-Mare add something


Marcus Trescothick - He nevertheless continues to play for Somerset, having signed a contract extension until the end of the 2018 season, working as a commentator and analyst for Sky Sports in the off-season


Michael Eavis - Eavis served as vice-president of Somerset Wildlife Trust until June 2018: he stepped down following an online petition criticising his support for badger culling


In 2019 West Somerset and Taunton Deane will merge to form Somerset West and Taunton add something


Marcus Trescothick - On the same day it was confirmed Trescothick had extended his contract for the 2019 season, his 27th at Somerset


It is planned to achieve this on 1 April 2019 with the first elections to the new council in May 2019 add something