Lydeard St Lawrence
or St Lawrence Lydiard
is a village and civil parish
, England, situated north west of Taunton
in the Taunton Deane
district. The village has a population
of 416. The parish includes the hamlets of Westowe
, with its 16th century manor house.
The Lydeard part of the name is believed to be a corruption of Lidegaard
from the Celtic garth
and Old English led
. The second part of the village name is taken from the dedication of the church.
times the manor was owned by the Bishop of Winchester
as part of their Taunton Deane estate. After the Norman Conquest
it was granted to Wilward by William the conquerer
and known as Pylegh.
In the 18th century the manor was acquired by the Hancock family.
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, as well as consulting with... Read More