East Coker, Somerset

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East Coker is a village in Somerset. It is in the South Somerset District. East Coker is near the town of Yeovil.

St Michael's church contains the ashes of the poet T. S. Eliot. One of his poems is called East Coker. William Dampier, explorer and buccaneer was born in the village in 1651. He circumnavigated the world four times and published a book about his experiences. Dampier Island and Dampier Straits off Australia are named after him. Along the approach to the church are 12 almshouses built in 1640 by Archdeacon Helyar, chaplain to Queen Elizabeth l.

One of East Coker's famous residents is Trevor Peacock. Trevor Peacock played Jim in The Vicar of Dibley.