Hatch Beauchamp village, Somerset
Hatch Beauchamp is a village and civil parish in Somerset, situated 5 miles south east of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. The village had a population of 575 in 2002.
Hatch Beauchamp is noted around 1300 as having a market every Thursday, but this has long since vanished. The area - along with most of the South West of England, was staunchly Royalist in the English Civil War, although the local town of Taunton was a Parliamentary stronghold, and was besieged.
The village today contains an inn, and a manor house, Hatch Court, built around 1750, in the Palladian architectural style. Prior to this, a great house had existed on the same site since the Middle Ages, but had fallen into ruin by the 17th century. The inn dates from around the mid-18th century.
Hatch Beauchamp is the burial place of Colonel John Rouse Merriott Chard, VC, RE (21 December 1847 - 1 November 1897) a British soldier who won the Victoria Cross for his role in the defence of Rorke's Drift in 1879.
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:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: