Chard is a town of 13,000 people (2011) in Somerset. The town has a very unusual feature, a stream running along either side of Fore Street. One stream eventually flows into the Bristol Channel and the other reaches the English Channel.

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Map of Chard

Chard is one of the highest 121 m (397 ft) towns in Somerset.

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The town's public transport links to Taunton are provided by First Group's Buses of Somerset. Two routes go between the towns. Route 30 and route 99, which both run hourly during weekdays. There is also a service to Yeovil via Crewkerne provided by South West Coaches.

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Church of St Mary the Virgin
  • 1 Church of St Mary the Virgin. This Anglican church dates from the late 11th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century. The tower contains eight bells, of which two were made in the 1790s by Thomas Bilbie of the Bilbie family in Cullompton. The three-stage tower has moulded string courses and an angle stair turret in the north-west corner. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.     
  • 2 Chard Museum, Godworthy House, High Street, +44 1460 65091. 15 Apr—14 Oct: W-Sa 10AM-1:30PM, or by booked tour at other times. A small local museum in a converted 16th-century listed building, with collections of exhibits about local history and displays related to the lives of notable local residents. Adult £5, under 16 free.    

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  • 1 Chard Reservoir (approximately a mile north east of the town). A Local Nature Reserve used for dog walking, fishing and birdwatching, with a bird hide. Birds which are spotted regularly include herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants, grebes, gulls, ducks, and a wide range of woodland birds such as nuthatch, treecreeper and woodpeckers. Rarities have included ring-necked duck, great white egret, cattle egret and yellow-browed warbler.    
  • 2 Snowdon Hill Quarry. A geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site shows rock exposures through the Upper Greensand and Chalk which contain fossil crustaceans which are unique and exceptionally well-preserved.    

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The Choughs Pub

1 The Cerdic, 49-51 Fore St, TA20 1PT, +44 1460 260070. JD Wetherspoon

2 Kings Head, Church St, TA20 2DW, +44 1460 239010.  

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Routes through Chard
ExeterHoniton  W   E  YeovilLondon

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