The villages of Seavington St Mary and Seavington St Michael in South Somerset

Two Villages

Situated about 3 miles east of Ilminster, today, the combined civil Parish of The Seavingtons comprises two villages – Seavington St Mary and Seavington St Michael – which lie in a hollow within a larger area of low-lying hills and valleys running broadly east-west. A part of the South Petherton Hundred, originally the area included seven settlements (seven tons) which have gradually merged or vanished; even in the last century Seavington Abbots was recognised as a separate entity.

Seavington St Mary is the larger of the two villages with some163 dwellings and 361 inhabitants at the 2000 census. Seavington St Michael, whilst smaller with 57 dwellings and 125 inhabitants, appears to have become the more important since the motor car forced the building of New Road to straighten the London to Exeter route early in the 20th century, thus by-passing Seavington St Mary. Since then, in 1988 the new Ilminster by-pass has taken away much traffic, although the road through Seavington St Michael is still a major access route to the market town of Ilminster.

The two villages now share a single pub – The Volunteer in Seavington St Michael although at one time there were also two pubs in Seavington St Mary. It is a wry thought to ask why the larger village could not support a pub whilst the smaller one could although the answer probably lies in the passing trade on the old A303.

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