West Coker is a village found in Somerset, England. It is 3 miles outside of Yeovil.
West Coker has been inhabited for many centuries. We have relics that have been uncovered from the stone age. However, perhaps the most interesting discovery in West Coker is that of a Roman Villa, the inhabitants of which worshipped the god ‘Mars’.
While there is a Manor House standing in West Coker, the original was burned down during the War of the Roses. The earliest surviving portions of West Coker manor house have been dated to about 1500. The manor house is a Grade I listed building.
During the Napoleonic Wars, the village of West Coker was loved by ship captains. This is because the village was known for growing hemp and flax. This was used for sailcloth manufacture. Coker Canvas were among the best sails that you could have on your ship. Ropes were also produced for the ships at Dawes Twine Works.
Close to the village is Hardington Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest. This is one of only a few areas of land in the United Kingdom which has been completely unimproved. The result is that the area is species-rich. Plenty of people walk through this part of the village each year, especially to view the variety of plant species such as the French Oat-Grass, which is exceedingly rare.
Owing to the fact that West Coker is so close to Yeovil, there are no proper transport connections here outside of bus routes. Villagers who head into Yeovil will be able to travel on the Exeter to London train line. The buses in West Coker are not ‘regular service’ buses, with most of them being on-demand transport provided by Nippy Bus. It is unlikely that this will ever change. The population of West Coker is exceedingly small.
Despite the small size of West Coker, there are three pubs here; Royal George, Inn in the Square and the Castle. You also have amenities that you would find in any other village of this size including a butcher’s shop, post office, and a quality restaurant.