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11 May 2008 - Somerton

The destination for my Sunday morning cycle ride from Sherborne.
It was a very hot and sunny day.


Approaching the centre of the town.


The town square and war memorial.


The town church of St Michaels and All Angels which dates back to the early 13th Century.


West Street.


The building on the left is the Parish Rooms they are really called the “Lady Smith Memorial Institute” because they were built as a memorial to Frances, Lady Smith, the sister of Mr Pinney who owned the Somerton Erleigh estate. Lady Smith had been a great benefactor to the town and when she died the money was raised for the grand building which was to bring enlightenment to the town. They were built in 1902. Click on the two right hand green plaques to read them.


The octagonal shaped building on the right is the Market Cross or Buttercross which dates from 1673.


A closer look. Its original purpose was to provide shelter from rain and sun for the dairy products that were sold there on market days.


The old Town Hall. The Old Hall can be dated back to 1278, when Edward I came to the town on his way to Glastonbury. This building was then set up as the County Hall and the Court of Assizes. This then made Somerton the head of the county.