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Phelps Origins in Crewkerne, Somerset, England

St Bartholomew's church - View from the west, Crewkerne

In Somerset is the village of Crewkerne. The Visit Gloucestershire site describes the town near the southern coast of England in some detail:

"Crewkerne has been an important town since pre-Norman Conquest times, and today it succeeds in integrating modern industries and facil ities into its traditional setting.

"The 15th Century parish church, Georgian town houses and streets of old stone cottages - now a conservation area - stand alongside the busy modern shopping centre. The town centre reflects a prosperous cloth-making past - the sails for Lord Nelson's flagship Victory were made here. A nature trail through Bincombe Beeches rises from the centre of the town. The real ambience of a market town is also the villages that surround it, the hamlets, the lanes and the views.

"Crewkerne is lucky to be surrounded by ancient, lovely and interesting villages. Hinton St. George for instance, with its houses and gardens beautifully laid out and well kept, all now privately owned but still retaining some of its feudal character; Lopen, almost forgotten because the main road tends to leave the real village hidden away on either side; Misterton with 'Comin Thru the Rye' a book that is now almost just a memory. The list goes on, West Chinnock, Clapton, Wayford and Mosterton - all these places are important to the busy market town of Crewkerne and they in turn help to make the character that attract visitors to this friendly town."

"If you take a stroll through Crewkerne's Georgian town centre, it won't take you long to realise that its past is intrinsically linked to the way the residents live their life today. Comfortably situated among the hills of South Somerset, close to the borders of Dorset, Crewkerne is proud of its heritage - the town is over one thousand years old. It has been a familiar watering hole for travellers for many years, being positioned on the old A30 from London to the South West and on the main railway line from Waterloo." (From the South Somerset District Council.)