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The village of Stoke sub Hamdon is situated in South Somerset about 5 miles west of the Market Town of Yeovil. Formerly known as Stoke under Ham the parish stretches to some 3 miles in length as it encompasses East and West Stoke. The most prominent landscape feature is Ham Hill with the Hamstone war memorial visible from miles around. One of the largest ancient Iron Age hill forts in Europe and rising to some 400 feet Ham Hill has been a Country Park since 1975. The source of the warm honey yellow stone used in Stoke and the surrounding areas, Ham Hill remains a very active quarry for the unique Ham Stone. Now more commonly known as Stoke this ancient parish, established in 1558 is home to over 2400 people . Much of the village lies within a Conservation Area which covers its central part, with over 100 listed buildings, walls, milestones and monuments throughout the parish.
There are a wide variety of organisations, businesses, schools, public venues, allotment gardens and public houses. Many beautiful walks are to be had around the village and surrounding areas where a wide variety of flora and fauna can be seen. Part of the parish covers Ham Hill which is itself a geological Site of Special ScientificInterest(SSSI), local nature reserve and popular country park.
 Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Northgate, Canterbury, Kent
 SSDC Local Plan 2016-2036 Settlement Review