Ditcheat

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Ditcheat is a village and civil parish south of Shepton Mallet, and north-west of Castle Cary, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish of Ditcheat incorporates three hamlets: Wraxall, Alhampton and Sutton.

History

In the Domesday book of 1086, Ditcheat belonged to Glastonbury Abbey and contained 36 families.

Its primary infrastructure connections consist of the A37, west, connecting Bristol and Yeovil or the A371, east, connecting Shepton Mallet and Wincanton. It is situated near the River Brue which is crossed by Ansford bridge which dates from 1823. Boulter's Bridge which spans the River Alham is of medieval origin and has been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The parish is close to the Roman Fosse Way.

The Manor House, formerly known as Ditcheat House or Ditcheat Manor, is a 17th-century manor house built by Sir Ralph Hopton

Ditcheat is home to Barber's Farmhouse Cheesemakers, located at Maryland Farm.

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...
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