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Dunkerton and Tunley

Dunkerton, BA2 8BG

Dunkerton and Tunley


Situated on the northern slope of the valley of the Cam Brook, Dunkerton has been in existence for a thousand years or more. It is mentioned in Domesday Book; its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon words Dun/Carn/Ton, signifying “the town of the cairn on the hill”, and this is a reference to a stone structure which long ago stood on Duncorne Hill about a mile towards the city of Bath. Nowadays the Parish of Dunkerton and Tunley has a population of a little over 400, living in about 220 households; these are mainly situated in the two principal settlements of Tunley and the village of Dunkerton itself, although there are other groups of houses in such locations as Withyditch and along the old Roman Fosse Way.

It was once a thriving industrial community – there were several coalmines, and both the Somersetshire Coal Canal and the southern branch of the Bristol and North Somerset Railway passed through the parish. However, local industry withered away with the closure of the pits and the railway in the mid-twentieth century, and there is now little local employment, although the farming tradition continues, with several farms based in the parish.

Neither Dunkerton nor Tunley has much of a village “core”. Dunkerton has a pleasant little church, dating from the 13th century, but no school, shop or public house, while Tunley has one excellent pub. There are three public halls, Dunkerton Parish Hall, Tunley Recreation Centre and the old Schoolroom at Withyditch. In addition, Dunkerton has a fine cricket ground and Tunley a well-patronised football pitch.

The parish has the benefit of being set in very attractive and largely unspoiled countryside, as well as being on the Limestone Link public footpath and having some interesting archaeological, scientific and literary associations.


Dunkerton and Tunley
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