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Grade I listed buildings in South Somerset

South Somerset shown within Somerset and England

South Somerset is a local government district in the English county of Somerset. The South Somerset district occupies an area of ,[87] stretching from its borders with Devon and Dorset to the edge of the Somerset Levels. The district has a population of about 158,000,[88] and has Yeovil as its administrative centre.

In the United Kingdom, the term listed building refers to a building or other structure officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance; Grade I structures are those considered to be "buildings of exceptional interest".[3] Listing was begun by a provision in the Town and Country Planning Act 1947. Once listed, severe restrictions are imposed on the modifications allowed to a building's structure or its fittings. In England, the authority for listing under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990[89] rests with English Heritage, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; local authorities have a responsibility to regulate and enforce the planning regulations.

There are 94 Grade I listed buildings in South Somerset. Most are Norman- or medieval-era churches, many of which are included in the Somerset towers—a collection of distinctive, mostly spireless Gothic church towers—but there are other religious buildings as well. Muchelney Abbey consists of the remains and foundations of a medieval Benedictine Abbey and an early Tudor house dating from the 16th century, formerly the lodgings of the resident abbot.[5] Stavordale Priory was built as a priory church in the 13th century and was converted into a private residence in 1533.[6] The Hamstone Stoke sub Hamdon Priory is a 14th-century former priest's house of the chantry chapel of St Nicholas,[90] which after 1518 become a farm known as Parsonage Farmhouse. It remained a farm until about 1960, and has been owned by the National Trust since 1946.[91]

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was the first country house acquired by the [[National Trust for Barrington Court. The Tudor Lords of the Manor, built over long periods by local manor houses The other Grade I listed buildings in South Somerset are [21]

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