East Coker is in Somerset, but not too far from the Dorset border. The church, mostly built of Ham Hill Stone, is situated on a hill next to Coker Court, once home of the Courtenay family. The church contains memorials to William Dampier (1652-1715) the buccaneer and explorer and T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) the author and poet, whose ashes are buried here in the church of his ancestors.
Save East Coker by Ivana Bobic. Please help to SAVE EAST COKER, the village immortalised in T.S. Eliot's poem of the same name: it is threatened by an insensitive proposal to build 3700 new houses and an industrial estate over Grade I Listed land.