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History And Development

Please check again soon for bits about Crewkerne's history.


For full background on Crewkerne's important archaeological remains, you may wish to read Somerset Councty Council's survey which was revised in 2003 in co-ordination with English Heritage.

Archaeological Assessment of Crewkerne,
Richardson & Webster, 2003
Somerset County Council & English Heritage

Click the pdf file below:
Somerset Extensive Urban Survey, Crewkerne


The following text is an excerpt from Collinson’s Eighteenth-Century study of the area. As with any ‘antiquarian’ analysis, caution as to actual historicity should be applied.

From Collinson, History & Antiquities of Somerset (1791)


A very ancient town, known in the Saxon times by the name of Crucerne, which is compounded of the words Cruce a cross, and Earne a cottage, or place of retirement. There is no doubt that this name was applied to it in the early ages of Christianity, when churches were rare, and hermitages or cells were the usual places of religious associations.

It is situated in a rich and fertile vale, well wooded and watered, and surrounded with cultivated eminence, which command extensive and very beautiful prospects. The town consists principally of five streets…

[John] Leland visited this town… “Crewkerne (says he) is sette under the rootes of an hille. Ther I saw nothing very notable. Yet ther ys a praty crosse environid with smaul pillers, and a praty toune house yn the market place.”

The market is held on Saturdays, and there is a fair for cattle on the fourth of September.



Crewkerne & its district faces an exciting period of change ahead. More details about various developments will appear here soon:

* Active Lifestyle Centre - now open at Henhayes park

* Hydon's development of the former Cheese Factory site - many units now sold

* CLR plans for 525 dwellings, employment land, primary school, community facilities, playing fields, parkland, structural landscaping & link road all to the north east of town

* Waitrose large new supermarket and car park in the town centre now well on the way

* New Community Plan from ABCD & stakeholders - available in full on the ABCD page of this site

* New family learning centre

* A strong Chamber of Commerce pro-active in promoting the district's trade, retail and commerce

* A re-established annual St Bartholomew's Fair to promote this mediaeval tradition in our market town - see Our Community pages on this site

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Crewkerne Outdoor Toy Centre
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