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Chard, Somerset

Chard is a town and civil parish in the Somerset county of England. It lies on the A30 road near the Devon border, 15 miles south west of Yeovil. The parish has a population of approximately 13,000 and, at an elevation of 121 metres, it is the southernmost and highest town in Somerset. Administratively Chard forms part of the district of South Somerset. The name of the town was Cerden in 1065 and Cerdre in the Domesday Book of 1086.
DistrictSouth Somerset
Post townCHARD
Administrative CountySomerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridST3208
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01460

Other names by which Chard, Somerset has been known in the past


Chard, Somerset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Chard, mun. bor., market town, and par. with r. sta., W. Somerset, on border of co., 14½ miles SE. of Taunton and 143 miles SW. of London -- par., 5449 ac., pop. 5682; mun. bor., pop. 2411; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday; was at one time a parl. bor., returning 2 members, a privilege of which it was deprived in the reign of Edward III. C., which is a well-built town, standing on an eminence, has mfrs. of lace and woollen goods, and iron and brass wares.

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