West Buckland is a large and varied parish in Somerset adjoining the county boundary with Devon and stretching from the River Tone as it flows through the Vale of Taunton Deane up onto the northern ridge of the Blackdown Hills. Encompassing a great variety of land uses ranging from farmland, plant nurseries and forest to business parks, its 1200 residents and dozens of businesses benefit from superb access to both the county town of Taunton and all the other major towns, cities and attractions of the South West, via the M5 and A38 intersecting the parish.
Central to the parish lies the village which is probably most notable for its Church of St Marys that stands atop a knoll overlooking the Vale and is visible for miles around. Also at the heart of the village are several period cottages, the primary school, village hall, playing field and shop. It is facilities such as these which are sought after by those seeking to experience ideal village life. Expansion over the last few decades of the 20th century saw the development of Dyers and Peacocks Closes, Church Drive and Lee Park all of which have their own distinctive character and provide the additional housing essential for the sustainability of this thriving community.
The Southern portion of the parish is within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and scattered around the village lie the hamlets of Chelston, Poole, Ham, Hockaller, Stoford, Ruggin and Blackmoor . To the North East the pastoral landscape gives way to a more developed scene with Chelston and Foxmoor Business Parks together with the Poole Industrial Park, all generating significant economic activity. Add to that the garden centres, filling station, care home, farms, joineries, builders, plant & tree nurseries, veterinary clinic, horse liveries and numerous other enterprises plus 4 pubs sitting handily on the parish boundaries ~ you have the mix for a busy and lively place to live and work but with the advantage of beautiful scenery right on your doorstep!
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West Buckland in the Snow January 2019
Photo Copyright belongs to David Lacey