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The parish of Norton St Philip lies in rolling countryside in the very north-east corner of Somerset, adjacent both to Wiltshire and to the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset.
The village of Norton St Philip, the main centre of population, was in medieval times a thriving cloth and wool trading centre, with its own fair and charter market. Now, as then, the village is surrounded by farms, but today the working population largely commutes to one of four local towns or to the city of Bath, all about seven miles distant.
Served by an hourly bus service between Bath and Frome, the village of Norton has a parish church, a Catholic church, a gospel chapel, First School, two pubs, a repair garage and a small village hall. Planning permission has recently been given to develop a former industrial site to provide 51 houses and a convenience store.
The hamlet of Farleigh Hungerford, with its own church, pub and petrol station, is separated from Norton St Philip by the A36 trunk road.
The parish has a population of about 950, with 693 voters (624 in Norton St Philip and 69 in Farleigh Hungerford), as at December 2010, served by seven parish councillors.