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At John Barkers Solicitors, we provide a comprehensive range of legal services to individuals and businesses throughout Taunton and the wider Somerset area. We have extensive experience in helping people from areas such as Trull, Kingston St Mary, East Monkton, Norton Fitzwarren and West Bagborough.
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We are proud to be part of Taunton's legal landscape. Our team has an excellent reputation for providing top-quality advice in a straightforward way, all while striving to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
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Taunton is a town located in Somerset, England. It lies on the River Tone and has easy access to several major motorways - including the M5. Its central location in the country makes it ideal for logistics, with many businesses based in Taunton taking advantage of this strategic position.
The town itself is home to a population of around 67,000 people and has seen investment greater than ever before over the last decade or so. Industries such as technology, finance and banking have all become prominent in recent years; making Taunton an attractive destination for investors.
According to data from the Land Registry, Taunton's average house price in June 2019 was £252,000. This is a 6.32% rise since last year and nearly double the national average of £126,500. The majority of properties sold during this period were terraced houses, which had a median sale price of £219,000.
Taunton has an excellent variety of educational institutions for all ages. There are three primary schools within the town - West Monkton Primary School, St George's Primary School and Comeytrowe Primary School - as well as one secondary school (Queens College). There is also a college (Taunton College) and two universities - Bridgwater & Taunton College and University Centre Somerset.
The town has a wide range of sports and entertainment facilities, including the popular Vivary Park, which provides activities such as tennis courts, an adventure playground, a pitch & putt golf course and a cafe. The Blackbrook Leisure Centre offers various swimming pools, gyms and fitness classes. And for those looking for cultural activities, there are several theatres in the area - most notably the Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre.
Throughout the year, Taunton hosts a wide range of sports and entertainment events. These include community festivals such as the Taunton Flower Show, music concerts at Vivary Park, theatre performances at The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre and much more. There is also an annual Christmas market held in the town centre.
Taunton, located in the county town of Somerset, has a long and rich legal history. It is believed to have been the home of one of England’s most important law courts since at least the 12th century, with records from the Norman period showing that it was an important centre for legal activity even then. By 1300, Taunton had its own court leet which dispensed justice in various civil matters.
In 1554 Queen Mary granted Taunton permission to hold two annual fairs each year. This provided additional opportunities for merchants and tradespeople from around the country to come to the town, and for its magistrates to hear any grievances or disputes that arose. The court leet was eventually taken over by the mayor’s court, which had been established in 1491. This gave Taunton a more formal legal system under which people could be tried and judged.
By 1572 there were six magistrates presiding over justice in Taunton. They held hearings in both civil and criminal matters, although it is known that most of their focus was on petty offences such as minor thefts or public disturbances rather than serious crimes. As the town continued to grow during the 17th century, so too did its legal system. By 1690 there were ten magistrates on the bench, and by 1730 that number had risen to twenty-four.
In 1835 the Municipal Corporations Act was passed, which saw Taunton become a county borough with its own elected council. This gave the town’s legal system an increased level of autonomy, as did the Judicature Act of 1873 which established a single court system for England and Wales. This reform allowed Taunton to expand its court facilities and staffing levels in order to keep up with demand.
Today, Taunton has a modern court system which deals with thousands of cases each year. The Magistrates’ Court deals with most minor offences, while the Crown Court hears more serious criminal matters. There is also a County Court in Taunton that handles civil disputes and family proceedings.