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Ashill is a small village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 7 miles south of Taunton, and 3 miles north-west of Ilminster in the South Somerset District. The Parish includes the hamlets of Hastings, Kenny, Rapps, Southtown, Stewley, Windmill Hill and Wood. The parish is a strong rural community with a population of over 500.

Ashill is mentioned in the Domesday book for its extensive woodland, when it was known as 'Aiselle' (where the Ash tree grow) Hill due to the extensive woodland. The recorded population in 1086 was 21 households. By 1327 the village had become known as 'Asshulle'. The manor of Ashill passed from the de Vaux family to Sir Thomas Moulton by 1317, and then through the Stretche and Beauchamp families to the Spekes. The Speke family then built Jordans as their mansion. The mansion was demolished in the 1960's but the grotto/summer house (dating from 1828) in the grounds survives.

08 January 2024

Full Parish Council Meeting

Ashill Village Hall Monday 7:30 pm View Details
04 March 2024

Full Parish Council Meeting

Ashill Village Hall Monday 7:30 pm View Details

Latest Parish News

Temporary Road Closure: ttro199472S - Park Barn Lane, Ashill


November 2023
Road Closure

Road Closure - Park Barn Lane.

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; and the link for the Notice 2:

The order becomes effective on 30th November 2023 and will remain in force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 4th December 2023 and last for 2 days (08:00 - 16:00) to enable Utility Service Ltd on behalf of Openreach to replace a pole.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Utility Service Ltd on 01913 039 782, quoting reference: ttro199472S.

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than two weeks ahead, you will need to register for free with www.One.Network

Taunton Recycling Site to welcome residents once again


November 2023
Priorswood Recycling Centre

Taunton Recycling Site will reopen on Monday (13 November) after a month-long closure caused by a major fire.

Demolition of an unsafe building badly damaged in the fire is due to be finished by the end of this week, meaning the site can be safely used by the public again from Monday.

Wellington and Bridgwater Recycling Sites, which have been open seven days a week since Taunton closed, will revert to their original opening hours from Monday – Wellington will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Bridgwater closed Wednesdays.

Somerset Council is warning that the reopened site in Priorswood is likely to be very busy in the first few days. Residents are urged to wait if they can and to check the online queue camera before setting off.

The site, which is run on the council’s behalf by Biffa, was forced to close after a major fire took hold of the neighbouring Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Fire damage to the MRF was severe and structural engineers deemed it damaged beyond repair.

From Monday 13 November, Taunton Recycling Site will be open seven days a week between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. During busier times staff will meet and greet visitors to help with the flow of traffic.

Councillor Dixie Darch, Executive Lead Member for Environment and Climate Change said: “We know that residents have been waiting patiently to access the recycling site – we thank you for your understanding and patience during this period of closure.

“Safety had to be our priority and we couldn’t open the site until it was safe to do so. The first few weeks of reopening are likely to be extremely busy, if you are able to continue to safely store your waste, please hold off your visit for the time being.”

Taunton Recycling site has queue cams which visitors can check ahead of their visit to help plan for a quieter time.

For opening times and a list of everything accepted at the recycling site visit:

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