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Curry Mallet is a small village nestling in the beautiful Somerset countryside. It has far reaching views, with the Blackdown Hills forming a backdrop to the west and a panoramic vista of the Somerset Levels to the north. It’s an area of considerable charm and character, and the village has a public house, post office/village stores, primary school/pre-school, church and various clubs and groups. In addition, the village hall provides a programme of entertainment and hosts our local scout group meetings in the winter months. The village is rich with structures which have been listed by Historic England as being of special architectural and historic interest.
With a population of 306, Curry Mallet is eight miles from the county town of Taunton. There is easy access to the M5 and the A303.
Roman coins found locally suggest a Roman villa in the area. Evidence of a medieval village has been established and the entry for Curry Mallet in the Domesday Book of 1086 shows that the village then had a population of thirty-eight households. The church upholds the medieval service of “Blessing the Plough” traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany. Farmers of the parish carry the seed corn to be blessed and the farm workers bring the tools of their trade to the altar, followed by the ancient plough which is now kept permanently in the church.
In 1215, William Malet, the then Lord of Curry Mallet, was one of twenty five barons elected to act as guarantor of the Magna Carta, which is widely viewed as establishing the rule of constitutional law and individual freedoms that many of us take for granted today. 2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John, and here in Curry Mallet we celebrated throughout the year, alongside the hundreds of other events that took place across Britain and internationally.
A deer park was probably in existence as early as 1285, and in 1421 the estate became part of the Duchy of Cornwall, which still owns many parts of the village today including three farms; two mixed with large dairy herds and the third having a successful strawberry business growing varieties for the main supermarkets.