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Hatch Beauchamp


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Pictures of and basic information on the village of Hatch Beauchamp in Somerset

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Hatch Beauchamp Garage and stone-built terraced housing in the village of Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset.



Hatch Beauchamp is a village, with a population of around 600, located in the county of Somerset in the south-west of England. Hatch Beauchamp is home to a public house called the Hatch Inn; he Farthings Hotel and Restaurant; a small garage; a primary school educating local children from four to eleven years of age; and the Norman Church of St John the Baptist, which boasts a crenellated three-stage tower dating from about 1500. The tower displays crocketed pinnacles, a pierced parapet with gargoyles. The grave of Colonel J.R.M. Chard V.C. R.E. of Rourke's Drift fame, portrayed by Stanley Baker in the film Zulu, can be found in the church yard. The Church itself is located just outside the village and is perhaps a little difficult to find without some prior knowledge. Visitors should turn left at the Hatch Inn, drive past the old railway station on the left, and turn left into the grounds of Manor Court to access the church. This is a public right of way through the private grounds of the house.

Hatch Beauchamp in past times. "Hatch Beauchamp, a parish in the county of Somerset, 5 miles south-east of Taunton, and 7 north-west of Ilminster. It is situated on the main road from Taunton to Ilminster, near the Chard canal. This place, which is now an inconsiderable village, was in ancient times called Hache. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a handsome structure with a square embattled tower. It has a painting of the Descent from the Cross as an altarpiece. The Baptists and Wesleyans have chapels, and there are National and Sunday schools." Description adapted from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)

Places to buy a drink and eat some food in and around Hatch Beauchamp: Ashill Inn; Five Dials Inn; Stone Masons; Square and Compass Inn

Nearby villages and towns: Ashill; Barrington; Broadway; Curry Rivel; Hambridge; Horton; Ilminster; Ilton; Kingsbury Episcopi; Martock; Seavington St Michael; Shepton Beauchamp; South Petherton; Stocklinch

Nearby attractions: Barrington Court




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"The church in Hatch is indeed a gem. Visit!"  Sydney, February 2012

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