Templecombe is an attractive and historic Somerset village nestled within the Blackmore Vale and surrounded by open countryside. The local St Mary’s Church was established in the reign of King Alfred (871-899), with the current building dating back to the 12th Century, and there is mention of the village in the Doomsday Book (1086).
The current parish of Abbas and Templecombe was originally part of two estates, to the north Abbascombe was owned by the Shaftesbury Abbey while to the south Templecombe was owned by the Knights Templars. It would have been a centre for admitting new members and training them before sending them off to The Crusades. To celebrate the heritage of the village there is an annual Medieval Pageant, with jousting and re-enactments!
Situated along the A357, approximately 5 miles south of Wincanton, Templecombe has easy access to the A303 and A30 as well as a mainline Railway Station on the Waterloo line. The village primary school is well regarded, there is a local shop & post office, takeaway, GP surgery (part of the Milborne Port practice), recreation & sports club and village pub. Major supermarkets, shops, banks and other amenities can all be found in Wincanton, Sherborne and Yeovil. Full leisure facilities are available at Wincanton Sports Centre, there is an excellent golf course at Sherborne and Wincanton Racecourse hosts many jump racing fixtures from October through to May.