Millennium Year

Series by the Crewkerne Civic Society

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The White Hart. This inn, formerly known as the George is the oldest survival of Crewkerne's hostelries with fine medieval windows and a fireplace dating from about 1500.

The White Hart, 4 East St, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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The George Hotel, Market Square. This Georgian hotel is the most complete survival of Crewkerne’s coaching inns. Thomas Hutchins, the proprietor and Crewkerne’s Postmaster between 1619 and 1631, introduced England’s first profitable postal service between London and Plymouth.

The George Hotel, Market Square, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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Unitarian Chapel Built in 1733, this is the oldest non-conformist church in the town. It contains monuments to the Blake family who preached here over four generations.

Unitarian Church, Hermitage Street, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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17 Market Street. This fine Georgian house, with its exceptionally elegant facade, was the Crewkerne home of the Blake family who were pioneers in the Falkland Islands. Hence the name of the adjacent Falkland Square.

17 Market Street, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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Church Hall, Abbey Street. Dating from 1636, this Jacobian-style building housed the Crewkerne Grammar School founded by John de Combe in 1499. Captain Thomas Hardy, Nelson’s flag-captain, was a pupil here. When the school moved to Mount Pleasant in 1882, it became the Church Hall.

Church Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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9 Church Street. This grand 18th Century Town House, much admired by Poet Laureate John Betjeman, housed the Local Council offices until they moved to the Town Hall in 1995. Nos. 3, 5 and 20 are also notable in this fine Georgian Street.

9 Church Street, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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12 Court Barton. Ralph Reader CBE, Broadway and West End theatrical impresario, creator of the Scout and royal Air Force ‘Gang Shows’ was born in this house on 25 May 1903.

12 Court Barton, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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NatWest Bank, Market Street. This fine neo-classical building was built for the Stuckey Banking Company in 1838 and anticipates the popular architectural style for major banks in the 1930’s. It is reputed to be one of the earliest purpose-built bank buildings in the country.

NatWest Bank, Market Street, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

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The Hermitage This 18th Century house was the home between 1863 and 1878 of George Pulman, eminent local historian, author of the Book of the Axe and pioneer of local newspapers.

The Hermitage, Hermitage Street, Crewkerne, United Kingdom