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Heritage Secrets

With evidence that humans were living in Cheddar more than 9000 years ago, there is bound to be plenty of local heritage to uncover in the county. One of the most remarkable examples is proof of how our pre-historic ancestors made their way around the moors on wooden tracks (26). For a list of all the Heritage Secrets click 'read more' or for more detail on each click here.

Time-travelling round Somerset and Exmoor we come across some important national milestones in the most unexpected places. Between two tiny villages is the Isle of Athelney where King Alfred launched his fight back against the Danes in 878. (38). A small step in miles but a giant leap in history takes us to the last major battle on English soil, Sedgemoor, at Westonzoyland (28). In between we can imagine the life of a knight who built a fairy-tale castle (30) or the intrigues of the Tudor Court that inspired outstanding drama (36).

The wool trade was vital to many Somerset and Exmoor communities for centuries and this has left a legacy in the large number of elaborate churches with their wooden and stone embellishments (27). Craftsmanship of a more practical nature is celebrated in a walk along the route of a gravity operated railway (31) an intricate early clock design (37) and a Victorian reservoir (35).

Hidden heritage gems can be in the centre of bustling towns (34), the heart of villages (32) or the middle of the countryside (29) (33).     

  1. Ancient Sweet Track, world’s oldest engineered road at Avalon Marshes
  2. Unique carved pews at St. Leonard's  Church, Rodney Stoke
  3. Westonzoyland , site of the last major battle on English soil
  4. Glastonbury Lake Village, one of many lost villages in Somerset
  5. Nunney, one of the UK’s finest moated castles
  6. The Mineral Line, a feat of engineering, Washford
  7. Castle Cary lock up (the inspiration for the Police Helmet!)
  8. Rare windmill at Ashton, near Axbridge
  9. Finest Georgian street outside Bath  and Arts Centre, Bridgwater
  10. Underground Victorian reservoir to explore at Dunster Castle
  11. Award-winning Wolf Hall film location , Barrington Court
  12. The second oldest clock in the world at Wells Cathedral
  13. Story of King Alfred’s burnt cakes: Athelney and Taunton

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