A market has been held in Somerton’s graceful marketplace since the Middle Ages. Once the county town of Somerset and the capital of Wessex, it lies on the banks of the River Cary, in the heart of the Southwest. Somerton was a centre for the cloth industry from the 17th to the 20th century, when agriculture became the area’s main activity.
Today, this historic Somerset market town a popular place to visit, thanks to its fine architecture and traditional, family-run businesses. A stroll around the town centre is highly recommended while on self-catering holidays in Somerton. At the marketplace, the Buttercross is a roofed market cross, rebuilt in 1673. Still the town’s most distinctive landmark, it was built to prevent butter, milk and cheese from spoiling in the sun on market days
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The marketplace is surrounded by fine stone buildings, and several businesses. The Globe Inn and the White Hart are both cosy pubs serving local ales and ciders, and good food. There is a gallery showcasing the work of local artists, a tailor, a gunmaker, and an antiques shop. The Buttercross Tearooms is a popular spot for breakfast or a slice of homemade cake. Nearby, in and around West Street, a post office, groceries a butchers’ and a handful of places to eat and drink can be found.
On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Somerton, picturesque Cow Square is where cattle were once auctioned, and features a beautiful Edwardian fountain. Nearby, tree-lined Broad Street is lined with old-fashioned cafes. The Church of St Michael and All Angels has a rare octagonal tower and intricately carved ceiling, dating back to 1450. You will find many picturesque walks near your holiday cottage in Somerton. If you are unsure of where to start, take the route to the towering railway viaduct on the line between London and Taunton, over The River Cary and trout fishing lakes below.