Neroche Villages

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About the Villages and Hamlets of Neroche Parish

About Neroche Villages

A History of Neroche Parish


Thurlbear Primary School


Useful Phone Numbers

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Elected Representatives

Parish Plan

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The name Neroche comes from the ancient Forest of Neroche which in former times covered a large area to the south of Taunton, including that now administered by Neroche Parish Council, the local government body for the area where our villages and hamlets lie.  However there is no village or civic parish named Neroche 

The Neroche villages are in a beautiful, tranquil rural setting, made up of predominantly farmland and forests, between the escarpment of the Blackdown Hills to the south, and Taunton to the north.  It is spread over 10 square miles of Somerset countryside. Its varied landscapes continually change throughout the seasons

There are 220 dwellings with a mixture of architectural styles, many lying in open countryside outside the villages and hamlets

There are two Anglican churches, St Michael's serving Orchard Portman and St Peter’s serving Staple Fitzpaine.  There is a nursery, a primary school, a village hall, a pub, a nursing home, a racecourse, polo ground and many equine facilities. However, these are spread throughout the area; the community does not have a single geographical focal point

The area is bisected from North to South by the main Chard to Taunton road running through Staple Fitzpaine, together with a number of other feeder roads servicing the villages and outlying areas

A wide range of local businesses besides those involved in farming, forestry or equine pursuits. Some of these work from home, others from converted farm buildings or purpose built premises.  These are listed on the Business Directory page

The area administered by Neroche Parish Council is made up of four civic parishes namely Bickenhall, Curland, Orchard Portman with Thurlbear, and Staple Fitzpaine.  There is no village named Neroche

Blackdown Hills AONB
Neroche Hall
Community Council

Thurlbear School

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