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About Taunton

Taunton

 



Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. The built up area of the town had a population of 64,621 in 2011.

The town has over 1,000 years of religious and military history, including a monastery in the 10th century and Taunton Castle which has origins in the Anglo Saxon period and was later the site of a priory. The Normans then built a stone structured castle, which belonged to the Bishops of Winchester. The current heavily reconstructed buildings are the inner ward, which now houses the Museum of Somerset and the Somerset Military Museum. The town is undergoing a regeneration project with redevelopment of the town centre. It has various transport links which support its central role in economy and commerce. These have included the Grand Western Canal which reached Taunton in 1839 and arrival of the railway in 1842.

Taunton is the site of Musgrove Park Hospital and Somerset County Cricket Club's County Ground and is home to 40 CommandoRoyal Marines. Central Taunton is part of the annualWest Country Carnival circuit. It hosts the Taunton flower show, which has been held in Vivary Park since 1866. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is located on Admiralty Way.

 

 

 

Cricket ground in front of church tower.
The tower of St. James Church rises over the County Ground





History

 

 

Taunton Cross c. 1770




The town name derives from "Town on the River Tone" — or Tone Town. Cambria Farm which is now the site of a Park and ride close to Junction 25 of the M5 motorway was the site of a Bronze and Iron Agesettlement and Roman farm. There was a Romano-British village near the suburb of Holway, and Taunton was a place of considerable importance in Saxon times. The Saxon town was a burh with its own mint. King Ine of Wessex threw up an earthen castle here about 700, but it was destroyed by his queen Æthelburg of Wessex in 722, to prevent its seizure by rebels.

A monastery was founded before 904. The bishops of Winchester owned the manor, and obtained the first charter for their "men of Taunton" from King Edward in 904, freeing them from all royal and county tribute. At some time before the Domesday Survey Taunton had become a borough with very considerable privileges, and a population of around 1,500[7] and 64 burgesses,governed by a portreeve appointed by the bishops. Somerton took over from Ilchester as the county town in the late thirteenth century but it declined in importance and the status of county town transferred to Taunton about 1366. Between 1209 and 1311 the manor of Taunton, which was owned by the Bishop of Winchester, increased two and a half times. The parishes of Staplegrove, Wilton and Taunton itself were part of the Taunton DeaneHundred.


 

Governance

 


Taunton includes an area named Holway which was once a village in its own right. Holway was originally one of the Five Hundreds of Taunton Dean, the Infaring division or district of the three districts that made up Taunton Dean.[32] The parish of Staplegrove is situated in the northernsuburbs of Taunton. The parish, largely built by Monsell Youell Construction Ltd in the 1970s, has a population of 1,889.

 

 





Economy

 

 

Taunton Deane had a low unemployment rate of 4.1% compared with the national average of 5.0% in 2005.

Taunton is home to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) which is an organisation within theMinistry of Defence responsible for providing navigational and other hydrographic information for national, civil and defence requirements. The UKHO is located on Admiralty Way and has a workforce of approximately 1100 staff.[48] At the start of the Second World War chart printing moved to Taunton but the main office did not move until 1968.

Taunton is also home to one of the head offices of Debenhams, Western Provident AssociationViridor and CANDAC.

Moreover, the town is home to local offices for Defra, the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and General Electric. The first ever store of the multinational clothing retailer New Look opened in Taunton in 1969. Taunton is also famous for the production of cider.

 



Education


State secondary schools in Taunton include The Castle School, Heathfield Community School, Bishop Fox's Community School and The Taunton Academy. State-funded Sixth Form teaching is provided byRichard Huish College. Both Heathfield Community School and The Castle School have or are developing Sixth Forms as an extension to the schools. Heathfield's Sixth Form, named "The Space" (which opened in September 2009) specialises in Performing Arts. Castle's Sixth Form, named Qdos (Opening in September 2010) specialises in Sport. The coeducational independent schools in Taunton are Queen's College, King's College and Taunton School. Further education is provided by Somerset College of Arts and Technology, an associate college of the University of Plymouth. Despite being Somerset's county town and largest population centre, it has no university.

In March 2009, it was announced that Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools and Families, had approved plans that would mean the closure of both Ladymead and nearby St Augustine of Canterbury. The schools closed in July 2010, and were replaced in September 2010 by The Taunton Academy.

 

 


 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taunton


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