Govt sends good wishes for Somerset Day

Robert Jenrick will not be the most popular member of the government in every corner of Somerset. As Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government he has clashed with our district councils. His process for choosing a unitary authority has divided opinion across the Somerset County Council area.

But today he sent greetings to local MPs not just in the Somerset County Council area, but across the historic county of Somerset. In his letter he notes “Tuesday 11 May is Somerset Day and I would encourage you to promote and celebrate the day as the County Day of Somerset. I know this day will have enormous significance for your constituents and is an opportunity to recognise the importance of your beautiful and historic county and celebrate all it has to offer. Due to the pandemic it will not be possible to celebrate in the usual way but i hope you will mark the day in your social media activities on the day.”

He goes on “In London we will be taking photos and videos of your county’s flag which will be shared on our social media platforms to raise the profile of Somerset Day and also Honour King Alfred the Great as widely as possible and we will raise your flag outside our headquarters here at 2 Marsham Street. I hope that you and all local people enjoy Somerset Day.

Indeed. And from here at Leveller Towers to everyone across all of the historic county of Somerset we too wish you a Happy Somerset Day…..

2 comments

  • A Motte and Bailey Castle: Fenny Castle.

    Indeed a ‘salutation’ from no less than the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & LG, one Robert Jenrick MP exhorting all nine (9) Somerset MPs in celebrating Somerset day! An irony not lost on us our ‘own’ contemporary ‘Pamphleteer’ published from ‘Leveller’ Towers, pace the ‘Towers’ Hamlet imbroglio!
    I trust the Secretary of State’s ‘exhortation’ will receive more ‘approbation’ than the writer evinces in his ‘remonstrations’ to the nine ‘historic’ Somerset MPs?

    He goes on “In London we will be taking photos and videos of your county’s flag which will be shared on our social media platforms to raise the profile of Somerset Day and also Honour King Alfred the Great as widely as possible. Actions speak louder than words and perhaps he’d follow up with his ‘cohort’ of Somerset MPs & Somerset County Council in the provision of ‘funding’ for a Sutton Hoo ‘revelation’ at Fenny Castle: Mote Bailey?

    The castle is first referred to historically in 1327, when William atte Castle is recorded as a local resident and taxpayer, and again in 1354 when Alice atte Castle was a tenant. In 1470 William Worcestre wrote of a castle called Fenney Castle, which was a ruin, and had been built of stone, of which traces were still visible. The historian Leland, writing in 1540, confirms this.

    In 1825, the Rev J Skinner visited the site shortly after damage had been incurred by a farmer, and recorded that `foundations of buildings may yet be seen, and quantities of squared free-stone have been conveyed from thence in the memory of man, and employed in the walls of some of the edifices in the neighbourhood’. Some digging in the castle was undertaken, to a depth of 6 feet, and a strong wall was found defending the summit, as well as iron rings, an iron implement and pottery. Skinner also mentions a paved causeway running to the hill from the hamlet of Castle, and this was apparently still visible as a slight grassy bank in 1928, running across the field from near Fenny Castle House. It is not obvious today. Local tradition has it that King Alfred is buried in Castle Hill.

    This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. An entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport”.

    Churchill’s ‘Maxim’ Action this Day in 2021 ‘Somerset’ Day!

    “Ich Dien”!

    Graham E Livings
    sometime 611th Mayor of Wells

    • If The Secretary of State,looks at The Diocese of Bath and Wells.
      He will see the historic Somerset boundary,is still in operation

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