Combe Florey

Combe Florey is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Taunton in the Somerset West and Taunton district, on the West Somerset Railway. The village has a population of 261.[1] The parish includes the hamlet of Eastcombe which is a linear settlement along the A358 Taunton-Wiliton Road.

Combe Florey

Village street

Near the Old Manor House
Combe Florey
Location within Somerset
Population261 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST155315
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTAUNTON
Postcode districtTA4
Dialling code01823
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament

The village public house is The Farmer's Arms.


The first part of the name Combe Florey comes from cwm meaning valley, and the second part from Hugh de Fleuri who was lord of the manor around 1166.[2]

At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 the village was part of the Bishop of Winchesters estate of Taunton Deane.[2] The parish of Combe Florey was part of the Taunton Deane Hundred.[3]


The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.

The village falls within the non-metropolitan district of Somerset West and Taunton, which was established on 1 April 2019. It was previously in the district of Taunton Deane, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and part of Taunton Rural District before that.[4] The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Taunton Deane county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.

Religious sites

The Church of St Peter and St Paul has some remains from the 13th century but is mostly from the 15th century and is designated as a Grade I listed building.[5]

Notable residents

Sydney Smith was rector of the parish of Combe Florey from 1829 until his death in 1845.[6]

Combe Florey House was the home of the novelist Evelyn Waugh, and later of his son, Auberon. Auberon Waugh is buried in St Peter and Paul's churchyard. Evelyn Waugh is buried in a private plot of land next to the churchyard. The writers Daisy Waugh and Alexander Waugh both grew up at Combe Florey House, but their mother, Auberon Waugh's widow, sold the house in 2008.[7]


  1. "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 69. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  4. "Tainton RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  5. "Church of St Peter and St Paul". English Heritage. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  6. Alan Bell, Sydney Smith: A Biography (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1980), p. 147 ff.
  7. Daisy Waugh, Waugh home up for sale in The Sunday Times dated 13 April 2008, online
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