Dowlish Wake village, Somerset
Dowlish Wake is a small village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 2 miles south of Ilminster and 5 miles north-east of Chard in the South Somerset district. The village had a population of 293 in 2002 and is home to several thatched houses.
The village contains The New Inn pub and a Pottery and Craft Gallery.
The parish of Dowlish Wake was part of the South Petherton Hundred. The village is situated on Dowlish Brook, which is crossed by a 17th-century packhorse bridge, widened in the 1990s, and a road bridge dating from the 18th century. There was a flour mill on the brook in the 17th century but only the Mill House survives today.
Until the early 1990s parts of the village were regularly cut off by floodwaters between two fords which cross the main road, however this has largely been prevented by recent drainage improvements.
The village was a centre for the manufacture of silk and there are the remains of several limestone quarries. It was on the route of the Chard Canal, which was built around 1835–40 and was intended to be part of a ship canal between the Bristol Channel and the English Channel, but this was never built.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: