United Reformed Church and Brunel Shopping Precinct
On the left as you continue up West Street is the United Reformed Church (which closed in 2016) now combined with the Methodist Church to form West Street Church. Built in 1803 and the plaque at the top says ‘Congregational Church 1803’. The foundation of the church is of course much older than this; in fact they have a 1000-year lease of the site, which began back in 1736.
Opposite the United Reformed Church is one of the newer features in the town. The Brunel Shopping Precinct was built in 1985 and is home to around a dozen shops as well as several offices, some flats and Somerton Library.
A free car park is also linked with this precinct which had more car parking places added in 2017.
The precinct is named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was a famous engineer. This is a bit unusual because he never came to Somerton and he was not even responsible for the railway through Somerton, because that was built long after his death.