Church of St Nicholas, Withycombe
Location within Somerset
Population293 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSS825385
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMinehead
Postcode districtTA24
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°09′51″N 3°24′36″W / 51.1642°N 3.4100°W / 51.1642; -3.4100Coordinates: 51°09′51″N 3°24′36″W / 51.1642°N 3.4100°W / 51.1642; -3.4100

Withycombe is a village and civil parish 2.5 miles (4 km) south east of Dunster, and 5 miles (8 km) from Minehead within the Exmoor National Park in the Somerset West and Taunton district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the village of Rodhuish.


On Rodhuish Common, within the parish, is a univallate Iron Age hill fort.[2]

Withycombe was part of the hundred of Carhampton.[3]

Manor of Withycombe

Main article: Manor of Withycombe


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 West Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and part of Williton Rural District before that.[4] 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 Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency 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 Church of St Nicholas dates from the 13th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.[5] Hidden in a wall recess is a figure of an unknown man with long hair and a hat, which is one of the earliest church monuments to include a hat. He is carrying a heartcase to show he died elsewhere and only his heart was brought to the church for burial.[6]

The Church of St Bartholomew, Rodhuish was built in the 15th century. It is a Grade II* listed building.[7]


  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Rodhuish Common (1139717)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Carhampton Hundred". Domesday Map. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Williton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas (1057311)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
  6. ^ Leete-Hodge, Lornie (1985). Curiosities of Somerset. Bodmin: Bossiney Books. pp. 55–57. ISBN 0-906456-98-3.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Bartholomew (1175299)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

Media related to Withycombe at Wikimedia Commons