THE name Crewkerne, as explained by Discover Crewkerne website, derives from the old British ‘cruc’, meaning a hill and ‘aern’, a house or storehouse, and natives still refer to Crucaern.

It has been an important town since before the Norman Conquest with many fine old buildings and a magnificent 15th-century church.

But there are other reasons to love the town:

15th-century St Bartholomew's Church

The church’s website says St Barholomew’s “has been at the heart of the community for over 1000 years”.

It also adds that “the first church was built here in Saxon times with the present building standing above the town for over 500 years”.

The photo above shows detailed stained glass, depicting the Tree of Life, in the west window of the church built in Crewkerne in the 15th century.

Bincome Beeches Nature Reserve

Bincombe Beeches is a 12-acre local nature reserve owned and managed by Crewkerne Town Council.

It is a spacious, natural, and peaceful countryside haven, that is home to an abundance of wildlife. The reserve derives its name from the magnificent line of beech trees, some between 150 and 200 years old, which majestically crown the town side of the hill.

Crewkerne and District Museum

If you like history and would like to know more about the town, you will find all the information you need at the Crewkerne and District Museum, which offers an extensive local history library.

Ariel Atom

Crewkerne is also home to Ariel Atom. The history of the company started 150 years ago with the first all-metal bicycle.

As explained on the company’s website, “this cutting edge ethos dating back to the 19th century continues in our philosophy today and we have Ordinary number 47 in our museum.”

Crewkerne Railway Station, local walks, and trails

Also important for the town is the railway station located on the London Waterloo to Exeter line.

The town and the surrounding areas also have some fantastic walks to discover.

More info can be found here.