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					Old Church Farm.

Old Church Farm is in
the High Street and is
opposite the village hall.
It used to be a working
farm, now it is just a
house. The house is
made entirely out of
stone, with wood and
some glass in the
windows. Some parts of
Old Church Farm were
built before Victorian
times.
The cemetery is at least 200 years old, although
some of the graves might be older. The ground in
the cemetery is very uneven so digging the
graves must have been very hard. The cemetery
is right next to the village hall, a farm and the
church. In the middle of the cemetery is a
memorial.
The High Street used to be Ashcott’s main road. The new
main road is very busy and scary. It is a very narrow road.
It's usually crowded with cars and traffic. In 1940 when
most of the houses were built, the main road didn’t used to
be there. Many cars pass the Ashcott Inn, my house and F
Griffiths & Sons whilst driving down the main road to where
they want to go.
The Copse, which is now a house, was the home of the
Ashcott policeman a long time ago. That’s why its called the
Copse. You might think it got its name because the bushes
and the trees in the garden. The house is at the end of
Middle Street.
I go to parties in the village hall made in 1987.
It is 23 years old.
                              The Ring O’ Bells has not always
                              been a pub - it was a blacksmith’s.
                              The pub is a place where people go
                              to drink and to eat. I think it is called
                              the Ring O’ Bells because it’s near
                              the church.




The Ring o Bells has a
different menu at different
times of the year.
Headway Hairdressers is not far from the main road, it's
at the bottom of the hill. The shop is nearby. This old
looking building, now headway hairdressers, has been
running for many successful years and has many proud
and happy customers. My aunty works there.
This terrace of cottages has some of the oldest buildings in
Ashcott. They have very small windows because they would
have to pay some tax for windows. They also have very nice
gardens at the back. This terrace of cottages is at the top of
Chapel Hill on the Meare road. It is also opposite Ashcott
School. The three houses joined together used too be all
one house with a barn at the side.
Here we have my school. It’s called Ashcott Primary School, and
its where most children in the village go to school. There are only
four classes in the school, so two year groups are in the same
classroom. The school offers many activities like: country dancing,
gardening, football, choir, music and sports.
 Our school is closely linked to a school in Africa called Tigoi. Our
teachers have visited Tigoi and have shared our work and gifts.
The new Ashcott School was opened by Miss Isobel Freakes, on
28th October 1986. But in 2009 two classrooms, an ICT suite and
an office were opened on May 1st by Mr Pat Mann a former
Headteacher. Now the school is much bigger and has been in the
papers.
The Old School is at the
bottom of the hill. It has
been changed in to three
small houses and the end
one used to be the school
hall. The girls wore knee
lengths skirts with button-
up shirts and the boys wore
trousers and button-up
shirts. The school had lots
of Head Teachers. Some of
them were: Mr Crowther,
Mr King and Mr Mann.
Here is F Griffiths and Sons. They are a family run business, stocking a
large range of meat. It used to be an abattoir until health and safety closed
it down. They reopened as a butcher and now have all their meat killed then
brought in. All of the meat has a label on it telling you where it was kept and
slaughtered. This shop in Ashcott is next to the main road. They have shops
all over the West Country, for example in Street and Wells.
This shop is the only
shop in Ashcott. It’s run
by Mike. Mike is a friendly
man. As you can see they
sell lottery tickets. Its
near the main road. This
mane road is very busy.
LONDIS is an amazing
shop.
                                    This old Chapel was built around
                                    about 100 years ago. A couple of
                                    years later, it was turned from a
                                    Chapel into a Sunday school for
                                    Victorian children to go and learn.




Up the road from the old Chapel is Ashcott School, the school
that I go to. The street that leads up to the school is called
Chapel Hill.
On the High Street, there is one of the oldest houses in the
village. It is called Church farm. It’s called Church Farm
because its built opposite the Church and it used to be a farm
house. You can tell it is old, because it has leaded windows..
                                                      Hillhead Farmhouse

                                     A long time ago there were many farms in Ashcott.
                                     Nowadays, the farm houses are just peoples’ houses
                                     and most of the farmland has been built on. Hillhead
                                     farmhouse is beside the main road near the village
                                     shop. It was built in lots of different parts from stone.
                                     One of the oldest parts was built in the 1600’s and
                                     one of the newest parts was built in the early 1900’s.



Last century the down stairs bathroom used to be a village dairy where people would go
with their jugs and they would fill them up with milk. The house used to be just one room
upstairs and one room downstairs. The farm animals would stay downstairs and people
would sleep upstairs, because the animals body heat heated upstairs. There are two old
barns nearby and one used to also be a hay loft. In the garden there is a big bell well, which
would be used for drinking, watering crops, for the animals and cleaning. Captured Polish
soldiers were sent there to help on the farm in the Second World War. Up until the mid
1980’s there was still gas lighting, which was very smelly and not very bright. The garage was
used to store farm machinery. There is an old pig sty at the bottom of the garden.
A long time ago this was an old sweet shop. Grete Dodge was the
owner. She sold sweets , tobacco and matches. Only one room
was the shop. The sweet were kept in jars. The house was built in
1750 and had a flagstone floor with a wooden beam in the shop.
The old sweet shop is High Street.
If you’re new to Ashcott, the
signposts will help you find
you’re way around. Even
though Ashcott is quite small,
you can still get lost. The
signpost are at junctions
around the village. They also
tell you how near to other
places you are. For example,
Meare is three miles away.
                                                The farm below is Charity Farm. It used to
                                                be called Poor Estate Farm until the
                                                owner died and gave it to charity that’s
                                                how it got its name.




   This is Ashcott Farm. Home to many cows.
   Also known as friesens.




                                                   It is not a farm any more it is now a
                                                   cattery.


This building use to be a house but now it is
a barn for cows because they changed it
because of an infestation of rats and made a
house opposite.
The church dates from the early 12th century, around 1168. It’s at
the end of the High Street. Every Sunday they have a service
there, and, every now and then, they have funerals and weddings.
The church is built of blocks of stone. At the moment they’re
having building work done on the inside.
                                  There are three bus stops
                                  in Ashcott, one at the Post
                                  Office , one at the school
                                  and one at the bottom of
                                  the hill.



                                                                There are two types of bus
                                                                routes. There is Webber Bus,
                                                                which goes through the little
                                                                lanes of Ashcott and First Bus,
                                                                which drives on the main road.



The buses drive through Taunton
,Bridgwater ,Street, Moorlinch,
Sutton Mallett and Chedzoy.
                                        This used to be the village forge. The
                                        blacksmith worked here. The forge is
                                        on the old main road of Ashcott, the
                                        High Street. In the forge they made
                                        metal things like horse shoes, nails ,
                                        screws and candle stick holders.




The Old Coach-house is at the bottom
of Ashcott, on Middle Street. It is
where the Lord of the Manor kept his
horses and carriages. It used to be a
barn! It is next to Manor House.
 The village hall is a place were lots of sports and
  activities take place. It was built in in 1987 but
     before that it was called The Church Room
   because that’s were they had the old Sunday
 School. Local people came to help build it. A local
   farmer built the balcony and stage. It took 30
 people to lift the stage and balcony into the newly
 built hall. It cost about £120,000 to build the new
hall. The village hall had a concrete floor instead of
 wood, but they put the wood floor in afterwards.
The houses here used to be an orchard. They are in
Ashcott, a village in Somerset, on High street. Also they
are across the road from the Ring O’ Bells, a pub. The
houses next door used to be a farm building and the
orchard was owned by the farm. But now they are just
normal houses.
    We hope that you have enjoyed finding
     out about our village and that you will
    perhaps be able to visit the village in the
                     future.




All photographs were taken by pupils from Class 4 and the accompanying text
                 has been researched and written by them.

				
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