An A-Z of Somerset: Evercreech

E is for Evercreech

A hop and a skip away from Dinder is a bit of a jolt; the population of Evercreech is ten times the size, and you do notice it.

Just to the south of Shepton Mallet, this has the potential to be a bustling place, although the day I visited was a typically English summer, with heavy showers, so it was quieter than it could have been.

The centre of the village holds onto its Norman roots – Evrecriz was mentioned in the Doomsday book – and the buildings are old stone cottages, with the occasional larger manor thrown in.

The church, however, is one of the things that drew me to choosing this as my ‘E’ village. The renowned twentieth century architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner said than it has one of the finest Somerset-style towers in the county, but it is the mysterious clock that interested me.

The face of the clock has no 10 on it (or no X, in Roman numerals). Instead, the numbers go 9 – 11 – 12 – 12 (IX – XI – XII – XII).

Local rumour suggests that the person who paid for the clock to be made was instructed by his wife that he had to be home from the pub by 10 o’clock. Therefore, he ensured that the 10 o’clock numeral (X) was missing from the clock face.

While the village is a large one – with a population of nearly 2,500 – it is very easy to get into the open countryside.

Walk past the Bell Inn, one of Evercreech’s three pubs, and you find yourself crossing open fields to reach the village’s cemetery.

A small graveyard, but still in regular use, this holds a history of its own.

There is a war memorial to those who fell in both World Wars, while there are four war graves to those whose remains were able to be buried on English soil. Four stories, which I’ll explore in later posts.

An A-Z of Somerset Villages include:

  • Ashcott
  • Baltonsborough
  • Charlton Mackrell
  • Dinder
  • Evercreech

11 thoughts on “An A-Z of Somerset: Evercreech”

  1. Good pictures, and the map at the end is a very good idea. And looking at the signpost, and although you’ve passed B, Bruton is a very interesting place – I seem to remember that it still has medieval back alleys – can’t remember what they’re called! Have you seen “Somerset The Complete Guide”, by Robin Bush; Dovecote Press 1994? πŸ™‚

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    1. Many thanks, Adrian! (Oddly, a Brutonian has also contacted me via Instagram extolling the virtues of his home village! I will have to go exploring!!

      I have a number of Somerset books, but not that one as yet. I shall add it to my wish list!! πŸ™‚

      (As an aside, I have only just realised that there is no J village in the county!!!)


      1. Oh good! >>> I had no idea you were going to buy it! I think it’ll be right up your street. And be sure to look at the summaries of the various parts of Somerset right at the front of the book, they’re very good. πŸ™‚

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      2. Ah now, I’d taken it for granted that it deals with the old county of Somerset, and I’m taken aback to see that it does in fact cover the (*****!!!) new county!!! BUT in “Using this guide”, I see that it covers every village that has its own parish church – still, plenty for you to get your teeth into! πŸ™‚

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