By 2010 there had been an influx of foreign nationals, especially Portuguese and Polish citizens.[13]

On 4 November 2015, Wincanton announced the disposal of the Records Management business, for an enterprise value of £60m, on a cash and debt free basis, and resulting in a pre-tax exceptional gain of £32.4m.[11]

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Rainfall tends to be associated with Atlantic depressions or with convection. The Atlantic depressions are more vigorous in autumn and winter and most of the rain which falls in those seasons in the southwest is from this source. Average rainfall is about 725 millimetres (28.5 in). November to March have the highest mean wind speeds, with June to August having the lightest winds. The predominant wind direction is from the southwest.[20]

The parish of Wincanton was part of the Norton Ferris Hundred.[8]

Wincanton is a small town and electoral ward in South Somerset, southwest England. The town lies off the A303 road, a main route between London and South West England, and has some light industry. The town and electoral ward has a population of 5,272. [1]

The southwest of England has a favoured location with respect to the Azores high pressure when it extends its influence northeastwards towards the UK, particularly in summer. Convective cloud often forms inland however, especially near hills, reducing the number of hours of sunshine. The average annual sunshine totals around 1,600 hours.[20]

Wincanton has a Non-League football club Wincanton Town F.C. who play at the Wincanton Sports Ground on Moor Lane.[37] The Sports Ground in Moor Lane also provides facilities for tennis and bowls.[5]

The South Somerset district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism. Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, the library, roads, public transport, trading standards and waste disposal.

In the late 1890s the West Surrey Central Dairy Company purchased a local creamery. In 1908, after developing a dried milk baby powder, it changed its name to Cow & Gate. The creamery and dairy products factory had its own sidings from the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway station, providing access for milk trains.

In 1999, Unigate sold its remaining dairies to Dairy Crest, which still has a creamery and milk processing plant in the town, but has sold the cheese business to Adams Foods Ltd., producer of the Pilgrim's Choice brand of Cheddar cheese, in 2010 the second best selling brand in the UK.[22]

In order to cope with the transport problems across its quickly expanding creamery, milk bottling and doorstep delivery network, Cow & Gate formed a dedicated logistics arm in 1920. Spun out in 2002 from successor company Unigate, Wincanton PLC is the UK's second largest logistics company. The company still has a dairy products base in the town, although its head office function moved to Chippenham, Wiltshire in 2005.[21]

The rugby union club plays at King Arthur's Community School in the town. In 2010 they won the Dorset & Wilts division of the English Rugby Union South West Division.[40]

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The town was the scene of one of the few armed skirmishes in England during the Revolution of 1688. A troop of Horse Guards under Patrick Sarsfield, loyal to James II, defeated an advance party of troops fighting for William of Orange, on 20 November 1688.[10] A great part of the town was destroyed by fires in the years 1707,[5] and 1747.[11]

The town gives its name to Wincanton Racecourse which is in the neighbouring parish of Charlton Musgrove.

Wincanton Sports Centre was opened in 2001,[38] funded by a National Lottery grant.[5]

The cartoonist Tony Weare was born in Wincanton.[36]

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Wincanton has one secondary school, King Arthur's Community School, which is Somerset's first specialist Sports College.[27]

The Roman Catholic Church and Presbytery of St Luke and St Teresa was built in 1881 by the priest/architect A.J.C Scoles.[34]

Fire, police and ambulance services are provided jointly with other authorities through the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the South Western Ambulance Service.

Operating in a demanding sector, our reputation for service excellence is achieved through encouraging the creativity of our staff and providing a stimulating and enjoyable place in which they can progress their careers.

Wincanton Museum is a small local museum in the High Street which closed in 2010.

We provide a range of training opportunities including engineering apprenticeships, warehouse and driver development,  and management development programmes to encourage you to take control of your career aspirations.

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Providing information for Wincanton residents and visitors.If you require any information that is not available on this website, please contact The Town Clerk on 01963 31693 or email

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Its warehouse solutions provide scalable transport solutions for businesses who need to meet demand and manage shifts in buying behaviour such as peak times including summer sales, Christmas and Black Friday. Wincanton offers dedicated and shared user warehousing, bonded warehousing and other services. These include co-packing, automation, eFulfilment, off-quay solutions, returns management, recycling and packaging.[13]

There are also places of worship for Pentecostals, Methodists, Baptists and Quakers in the town.[35]

The town is north of the A303 road, one of the main routes between London and South West England.

It is part of Somerton and Frome, a constituency of the House of Commons. The current member of parliament is the conservative politician David Warburton. Residents of Wincanton also form part of the electorate for the South West England constituency for elections to the European Parliament, which elects six MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.[15]

The Balsam Centre is a Healthy Living Centre and also a Children's Centre for Wincanton and South East Somerset.[19]


Wincanton also offers solutions which include integrated IT services, change management and people transition (TUPE) services.[14]

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Wincanton offers a number of transport solutions which help customers meet consumer demand and ‘just in time’ production schedules. These solutions include road transport and distribution, container logistics, specialist transport to construction sites, tankers for all liquid and powder products, including petroleum and lubricants, home delivery and fleet management and vehicle maintenance through its subsidiary business, Pullman Fleet Services.[12]

Prior to the Norman Conquest Wincanton was frequently the scene of battles between the Britons, Danes and Saxons.[3] During the reign of Edmund Ironside, the English, under his command, defeated the Danes, forcing them to leave England.[4]

Wincanton Town Festival Saturday 17th September 2016 10am to 5.30pm

From bricks to barbecues and baked beans to rotor blades, Wincanton staff handle and deliver millions of items that are part of our daily lives, and some which are not. With over 15,500 people spread over 250 sites across the UK and Ireland, a career with Wincanton is often challenging but always rewarding.