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Photographs and basic information on the large village of Martock, in the south of Somerset, England

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An animated street scene showing children in Church Street, Martock, c.1902.

martock shops and monument to Hunt Burfield and seager glove makers

Hamstone monument to glove-making and shops - Co-operative food, chip shop and newsagents - in the centre of Martock

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Martock is a large village (or possibly small town) in the southern part of the county of Somerset, in the West of England. It is situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels approximately 7 miles north west of the larger town of Yeovil. At the last census Martock had a population of almost 5,000.

Martock in past times. Martock is a parish and small post town in the hundred of the same name, county Somerset, 3 miles East of South Petherton, and 4 West by South of Ilchester, its post town. It is a station on the Taunton to Yeovil branch of the Bristol and Exeter line of railway. The name Martock is said to be derived from "mart" and "oak," a market having been formerly held under an oak tree near the centre of the town, where now stands a fluted column designed in imitation of the pillar of Trojan at Rome. The market has long been discontinued, but the town is still considerable, consisting principally of one street about a mile and a half in length. It, is situated on a small stream, tributary to the river Parrett. The parish includes the tythings of Long Load, Ash, Bower Hinton, Coat, Milton, Stapleton, and Witcombe. A portion of the inhabitants are employed in glove-making, and others in weaving sailcloth. The surface is pleasingly varied, and the soil chiefly clay." Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain 1878.

Places to buy a drink and eat some food in and around Martock: Kings Arms Inn; Phelips Arms

Visitor attractions in this part of Somerset: Barrington Court; Ham Hill Country Park; Montacute House

Nearby villages and towns: Barrington; Compton Durville; Curry Rivel; East Lambrook; Hambridge; High Ham; Ilminster; Ilton; Kingsbury Episcopi; Langport; Long Load; Long Sutton; Merriott; Montacute; Muchelney; Norton Sub Hamdon; Seavington St Michael; Shepton Beauchamp; South Petherton; Stocklinch; Stoke Sub Hamdon; Thorney; Yeovil; Yeovilton


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