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a Picturesque Village in the county of Somerset

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This is a village of golden glowing stone, it has an ancient history and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086.

The interior of Martock's Ham-stone church is perhaps the grandest in all Somerset, the startling effect of the golden stone against the most lavishly decorated of the county's great tie-beam roofs is simply overwhelming. The building dates to the late 15th century, but shows some large stone work of an earlier period, with the date of the roof being put at around 1513. This is a church no visitor to Martock should miss.

Walking on past the church there are many fine eye-catching Ham-stone buildings, these range from cottages, to grand houses, ancient inns and hotels. Of these the most impressive is The Treasurers House, thus called because the local vicar was formerly Treasurer of Wells Cathedral. This splendid property dates mostly from the 13th century, with work from the 14th and 15th centuries. This is well worth seeing for its many remarkable, well preserved features, and for the fact that it is possibly the grandest priests house in the possession of the National Trust.

The Market House at the head of the main village street is a handsome building of the Georgian period, this once housed the village fire engine, this can still be seen on its roof. To the front of the building is a lofty column, known locally as the Pinnacle.

Other attractive buildings include the 15th century George Inn opposite the church, this retains original beams and has log fires, it exudes of an historic atmosphere, whilst offering a warm welcome, excellent ale, wine and food. Ash House Hotel occupies a 300 year old building of merit.

The best way to discover Martock is on foot, but do ensure you allow sufficient time to explore its many beautiful buildings, visit its quaint shops, and sample the ambience of its atmospheric hostelries.

Martock is found in the south of Somerset, it is an ideal location for exploring other exciting properties such as, Montacute House, Barrington Court, Tintinhull House and Gardens, Muchelney Abbey and East Lambrooke Manor.

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