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Taunton Deane is a local government district with borough status in Somersetmarker, Englandmarker. Its council is based in Tauntonmarker.

The district was formed on April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the Municipal Borough of Tauntonmarker, Wellington Urban Districtmarker, Taunton Rural District, and Wellington Rural District.

The district was given the name of an alternate form of the Taunton Hundred.


Settlements in bold have a town charter or a population over 2,500.


Part of the former Taunton Municipal Boroughmarker is unparished.
Image Name Status Population Former local authority Coordinates Refs
Ashbrittlemarker Civil Parish 213 Wellington Rural District
Ash Priorsmarker Civil Parish 131 Taunton Rural District
Bathealtonmarker Civil Parish 182 Wellington Rural District
Bickenhallmarker Civil Parish 122 Taunton Rural District
Bishops Hullmarker Civil Parish 3,694 Taunton Rural District
Bishops Lydeardmarker Civil Parish 3,949 Taunton Rural District
Bradford on Tonemarker Civil Parish 606 Wellington Rural District
Burrowbridgemarker Civil Parish 526 Taunton Rural District
Cheddon Fitzpainemarker Civil Parish 1,307 Taunton Rural District
Chipstablemarker Civil Parish 253 Wellington Rural District
Churchstantonmarker Civil Parish 760 Taunton Rural District
Combe Floreymarker Civil Parish 252 Taunton Rural District
Comeytrowemarker Civil Parish 5,780 Taunton Municipal Boroughmarker
Taunton Rural District
Corfemarker Civil Parish 262 Taunton Rural District
Cothelstonemarker Civil Parish 111 Taunton Rural District
Creech St Michaelmarker Civil Parish 2,464 Taunton Rural District
Curlandmarker Civil Parish 141 Taunton Rural District
Durstonmarker Civil Parish 141 Taunton Rural District
Fitzheadmarker Civil Parish 251 Wellington Rural District
Halsemarker Civil Parish 271 Taunton Rural District
Hatch Beauchampmarker Civil Parish 575 Taunton Rural District
Kingston St Marymarker Civil Parish 888 Taunton Rural District
Langford Budvillemarker Civil Parish 473 Wellington Rural District
Lydeard St Lawrencemarker Civil Parish 416 Taunton Rural District
| Milvertonmarker Civil Parish 1,385 Wellington Rural District
North Currymarker Civil Parish 1,625 Taunton Rural District
Norton Fitzwarrenmarker Civil Parish 2,325 Taunton Rural District
Nyneheadmarker Civil Parish 416 Wellington Rural District
Oakemarker Civil Parish 695 Wellington Rural District
Orchard Portmanmarker Civil Parish 150 Taunton Rural District
Otterfordmarker Civil Parish 384 Taunton Rural District
Pitminstermarker Civil Parish 929 Taunton Rural District
Ruishtonmarker Civil Parish 1,389 Taunton Rural District
Sampford Arundelmarker Civil Parish 334 Wellington Rural District
Staple Fitzpainemarker Civil Parish 151 Taunton Rural District
Staplegrovemarker Civil Parish 1,889 Taunton Rural District
Stawleymarker Civil Parish 305 Wellington Rural District
Stoke St Gregorymarker Civil Parish 920 Taunton Rural District
Stoke St Marymarker Civil Parish 423 Taunton Rural District
Thornfalconmarker Civil Parish 121 Taunton Rural District
Tollandmarker Civil Parish 81 Taunton Rural District
Trullmarker Civil Parish 1,861 Taunton Rural District
Wellingtonmarker Town 12,979 Wellington Urban Districtmarker
Wellington Withoutmarker Civil Parish 716 Wellington Rural District
West Bagboroughmarker Civil Parish 394 Taunton Rural District
West Bucklandmarker Civil Parish 999 Wellington Rural District
West Hatchmarker Civil Parish 292 Taunton Rural District
West Monktonmarker Civil Parish 2,439 Taunton Rural District
Wiveliscombemarker Civil Parish 2,670 Wellington Rural District


Population Profile
UK Census 2001 Taunton Deane South West England England
Total population 102,299 4,928,434 49,138,831
Foreign born 4.1% 9.4% 9.2%
White 98.4% 97.7% 91%
Asian 0.4% 0.7% 4.6%
Black 0.2% 0.4% 2.3%
Christian 75.9% 74.0% 72%
Muslim 0.3% 0.5% 3.1%
Hindu 0.1% 0.2% 1.1%
No religion 15.7% 16.8% 15%
Over 75 years old 9.5% 9.3% 7.5%
Unemployed 2.4% 2.6% 3.3%
The town of Taunton (which for population estimates includes the unparished area - or former municipal borough - plus the neighbouring parishes of Bishop's Hullmarker, Comeytrowemarker, Norton Fitzwarrenmarker, Staplegrovemarker, Trullmarker and West Monktonmarker) had an estimated population of 61,400 in 2001.

Taunton forms part of the larger borough of Taunton Deane which also includes the town of Wellingtonmarker and surrounding villages. Taunton Deane had an estimated population of 102,600 in 2001.

The figures below are for the Taunton Deane area.

Population since 1801 - Source: A Vision of Britain through Time
Year 1801 1851 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
Population Taunton Deane 33,139 51,844 53,759 55,666 56,161 56,661 62,745 69,492 75,320 81,639 84,795 95,791 102,304


County schools (those which are not independent) in the five non-metropolitan districts of the county are operated by Somerset County Council.

For a full list of schools see: List of schools in Somerset

See also


  1. A Vision of Britain Through Time : Wellington Rural District
  2. A Vision of Britain Through Time : Taunton Rural District
  3. A Vision of Britain Through Time : Taunton Municipal Borough
  4. A Vision of Britain Through Time : Wellington Urban District

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