South Petherton ......a market town with a village feel

Welcome to South Petherton

South Petherton is a village and civil parish on the River Parrett in the South Somerset district of Somerset, England. It is 5 miles (8 km) east of Ilminster and 5 miles (8 km) north west of Crewkerne. It had a population of 3,367 in 2011. The parish includes the hamlets of Yeabridge, Compton Durville, South Harp, and Over Stratton, and is approximately 2 miles (3 km) from East Lambrook, Martock and Lopen.

It is distinctive for the traditional hamstone construction of many of its buildings. In 2005 South Petherton was awarded ‘Somerset Village of the Year’ in a national competition. Historically South Petherton was a market town, but these days is regarded to be a village, with many of its ancient functions having ended by around 1870.

The village's name may come from the Old English word Pared meaning boundary and the Saxon word ton meaning settlement, forming ’Paredton’.

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South Petherton Youth Club Autumn Programme

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Lock Stock & Barber launches "Barbers Against Blades"

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27 Road Closures in January & February - see details here

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School Admission Arrangements 2021/22 Consultation

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South Somerset District Council supports 30 Health Walks

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Comments from We Love Somerset - "Take a look around South Petherton. We have to say that South Petherton has to be the friendliest village in Somerset by far. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who saw us out with a camera and would just stop and chat to recommend places to photograph and video"

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