Church of St Leonard, Otterford
Location within Somerset
Population356 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST225145
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChard
Postcode districtTA20
Dialling code01823
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°55′29″N 3°06′14″W / 50.9247°N 3.1040°W / 50.9247; -3.1040Coordinates: 50°55′29″N 3°06′14″W / 50.9247°N 3.1040°W / 50.9247; -3.1040

Otterford is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England. It is situated on the Blackdown Hills, 7 miles (11.3 km) south of Taunton in the Somerset West and Taunton district. The village has a population of 356.[1]

The River Otter rises close to Otterford.


A series of round barrows on Brown Down are known as Robin Hood's Butts.[2][3][4]

The village was named Oteriford in a Taunton charter of 854 by King Æthelwulf of Wessex.[5]

The parish of Otterford was part of the Taunton Deane Hundred.[6]


The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council's operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.

The village falls within the non-metropolitan district of Somerset West and Taunton, which was established on 1 April 2019. It was previously in the district of Taunton Deane, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and part of Taunton Rural District before that.[7] The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Taunton Deane county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

Religious sites

The parish Church of St Leonard dates from the 14th century, but was restored, the nave wall rebuilt and the north aisle added in 1860, with further restoration taking place in 1924.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Two bowl barrows, one 380m west and one 685m north west of Beech Croft (1016415)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Two bowl barrows 210m and 600m north west of Brown Down Cottage (1016414)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Two bowl barrows 190m east of Brown Down Lodge (1016739)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. pp. 166. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  6. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Taunton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Leonard (1344635)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 December 2008.

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