Welcome to area's best kept secret
IDYLLICALLY set on the edge of the Somerset Levels near the Quantocks lies the self-sufficient and picturesque village of Martock.
The village is often referred to as South Somerset's best kept secret, and the people who live there agree that it is an incredibly desirable place to live.
The large village boasts a range of amenities and a thriving social network, all set in a beautiful landscape that houses a community full of appreciation for its history and heritage.
This appreciation is personified by the town's history team, a small group of people who are passionate about Martock's past and that of the surrounding area.
Will Aslett, secretary of the team, said: "It's a fabulous and friendly place to live with a thriving community spirit, beautiful countryside, interesting history, great people and plenty to do."
Further evidence of the area's spirit can be found in the Martock Community Group.
The group formed as a result of concern over the closure of the famous George Inn – the once bustling social hub of the village – in March 2011.
The group's aim is to try to reverse the loss of community places and increase the sense of community feeling.
And the group's main focus is to help other people trying to run a public amenity and to create new social events.
Liz Burke of the community group said: "With the village expanding we wanted to maintain a good community feeling and strong relationships between the people who live here.
"Martock is a great place to live and the group ensures everyone feels like they are a part of that."
Martock's strong community is complemented by its beautiful aesthetic with many attractive buildings constructed in stone from the nearby Ham Hill with some building dating back to the medieval period.
In the Domesday Book Martock is noted as a Saxon royal estate, owned by Queen Edith. As a large estate, it most probably included a minster church, and some settlement around the manor to serve the needs of the estate.
The name Martock comes from the Old English word mart meaning market and it is speculated the "ock" sound is derived from the word Oak, relating to an oak tree on the spot now occupied by the Market House.