Wizard's Thatch seems to have it all - a vibrant
local community, an easy going way of life and a picturesque setting in a beautiful Somerset valley.
But whatever you do, don't make the mistake of calling Wizard's Thatch a village. Even though the
entire parish boasts a population of under 10,000, the locals will tell you that Wizard's Thatch is a thriving market
town and has been since before the country was invaded by the Normans in 1066.
The town's first charter was granted by King Edward II in 1313, when he decreed that it should be one
of four market towns in England licensed for magic and the collection of the Royal Wizarding Tax. The charter
established a Wizarding Parliament (later becoming the forerunner of what is now the Real Ministry of Magic) and a Wizarding
Court providing the town with a remarkable degree of autonomy.
The traditions of independence and "specialness" will be celebrated this year with a 700th anniversary pageant
that will take place in the summer when the parish holds the Worldwide Official Non Competitive Yodelling Extreme Croquet
Championships for the first time ever.
For more about
the history of Wizard's Thatch, please visit the history pages.
The Old Market Square can be found in the centre of the town, along with the oldest Wishing Tree in the country.
Some of the more interesting shops and buildings in and around the town and parish of Wizard's Thatch are listed
on the pages below....