Things to do in Stocklinch, Somerset
This beautiful and thriving village some three and a half miles North East of Ilminster dates back to medieval times. Today it is a 1931 amalgamation of the Parishes of Stocklinch Ottersey and Stocklinch Magdalen and enjoys not one, but two picturesque churches to prove it.
Stocklinch has a most comprehensive web site providing everything you would wish to know about the village and its history, but this does not yet (Aug 2008) cover its ‘Thankful Village' status. Not only thankful for being spared any fatalities in the Great War of 1914-18 but actually doubly thankful for repeating this in the 1939-45 World War.
The village remembers its good fortune in the smaller of the two Parish Churches, the Church of Mary Magdalene, close to and on the other side of the road from the Village Hall on Owl Street. Inside the Church is a brass plaque listing the names of the 19 villagers who went to the Great War and returned to their loved ones. We will never know the horrors that they witnessed but we can still savour today the tranquil beauty of the ‘Thankful Village' that they returned to.
Description by Rod Morris