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Somerset Towns & Villages

Why are we telling you about Somerset towns?...Surely every county has towns?

Indeed, but we think ours are rather special, and after you’ve seen some we’re sure you’ll agree.

To start with, Somerset’s a very big county, so we have rather a lot of them.

Secondly, we’re a county of contrasts, so no two are alike.

Thirdly, we have very attractive building materials – several kinds of mellow stone, local brick and tile, quite a lot of thatch here and there which make up streetscapes which are a joy to wander through. 

Fourthly, our history and geography mean that towns have always been very important local centres.

Low-lying wetlands used to mean that some parts of Somerset were very isolated, so Somerset towns had to be entirely self-sufficient, and became fiercely independent.

While we welcome visitors, we’ve always resented outside interference.

It’s no coincidence that the ‘Pitchfork Rebellion’ saw the last pitched battle ever fought on English soil, on Sedgemoor in 1685.

Each town had everything it needed to withstand a siege or a bad spell of winter weather.

Everything was arranged so that you were never more than half a day’s walk from a market town.

Today this still means that whichever of the Somerset towns you visit, you won’t want for plenty of pubs, shops, churches, craft centres, food providers and places to stay. 

Our county town, Taunton, is well qualified to take the lead in interesting urban experiences.

Close behind come the ancient market towns: Wellington, Williton, Watchet, Dulverton, Ilminster, Cheddar, Chard, Crewkerne, Yeovil, Somerton, Dunster, Langport, Wincanton, Frome, Glastonbury, Radstock, Bridgwater, Bruton, Castle Cary, Radstock and Wells (Sorry, Wells is a city, actually!).

Add in the resort towns of Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and Minehead, the ‘model factory town’ of Street, and of course the magnificent city of Bath.

Then we start on the villages...

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  1. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    9 High Street, Glastonbury

    The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity.  The Tor is a National Icon; the Abbey a...

  2. Keynsham Music Festival

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    Keynsham Music Festival

    Keynsham, Bristol

    Keynsham Music Festival 25th June- 1st July 2018

    The Keynsham Music Festival is one of the largest FREE music festivals in the whole of the UK. This year’s week long programme will showcase...

  3. Radstock

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    Radstock

    RADSTOCK

    Radstock is renowned as one of the best preserved former coal-mining towns in England which is the basis of its conservation status.  Much more can be learnt with a visit to Radstock Museum which...

  4. Whitchurch

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    Whitchurch

    BRISTOL

    Whitchurch village is a small parish of just over 500 properties and just over 1000 electors, located in Bath and North East Somerset, just south east of Bristol & west of Bath. Please use the map...

  5. Priston

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    Priston

    Bath

    Priston is a small village just five miles south of Bath, enveloped by fields which are vibrant with yellow rapeseed flowers in spring and golden with ripening crops in summer. The traditional and...

  6. Dunkerton and Tunley

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    Dunkerton and Tunley

    Bath

    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...

  7. Camerton

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    Camerton

    Bath

    Camerton is home to about 600 people living in 258 dwellings spread over a large geographical area (2 miles by 2 miles).  It lies in the heart of the Cam Valley with the SNCI Cam Brook running...

  8. Ubley

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    Ubley

    Bristol

    Ubley Parish sits in the Yeo valley at the west end of the Chew Valley.  It is bordered to the north and south with ridges of hills, most significantly the Mendips to the south.  It sits within the...

  9. Timsbury

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    Timsbury

    BATH

    Timsbury is a friendly and attractive village in north east Somerset, surrounded by lovely rolling hills and valleys.

    It is a very active community and a lovely place to visit, close...

  10. Marksbury

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    Marksbury

    BATH

    Marksbury Parish encompasses the villages of Marksbury and Stanton Prior and the hamlet of Hunstrete. It is located 7 miles south west of Bath. The surrounding countryside is rural and undulating and...

  11. Peasedown St John

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    Peasedown St John

    Bath

    Peasedown St John is a large village and is well provided with services; having doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeries, a primary school, nursery, petrol station, 4 churches, 3 public houses and...

  12. Stowey Sutton

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    Stowey Sutton

    Bristol

    Stowey is a small village within the Chew Valley in Somerset, England. It lies south of Chew Valley Lake and north of the Mendip Hills, approximately 10 miles south of Bristol on the A368 road...

  13. Farmborough

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    Farmborough

    Bath

    Farmborough is a small village and civil parish, 6 miles (9.7 km) south west of Bath in the unitary authority of Bath & North East Somerset, England. The Farmborough ward is represented by one...

  14. Saltford

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    Saltford

    Bristol

    The historic village of Saltford is a large village (4,200 residents) situated alongside the A4, the River Avon, and the main-line railway with the Bristol to Bath cycle-path passing through....

  15. Cameley and Temple Cloud

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    Cameley and Temple Cloud

    Bristol

    Cameley dates back to Anglo Saxon times when it was part of the ‘Hundred of Chewton’. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Camelie’ and it lies on the Cam Brook. The name means ‘the curved...

  16. West Harptree

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    West Harptree

    Bristol

    West Harptree is a small village in the Chew Valley, North Somerset. It is approximately 10 miles south of Bristol and 10 miles from Bath. It has a population of 380. The parish of West Harptree lies...

  17. Farrington Gurney

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    Farrington Gurney

    Bristol

    Farrington Gurney is a small rural village and a great place to live. Situated in the north east of Somerset between Bristol, Bath and Wells. There is a parish church, St Johns, nestling in the...

  18. Paulton

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    Paulton

    Bristol

    Paulton is a large village with approximately 2,620 homes, located to the north of the Mendip Hills and is one of the largest in Bath & North East Somerset.  Paulton is a former coal-mining village...

  19. The Memorial Park Keynsham

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    The Memorial Park Keynsham

    Bristol

    The town sits on the confluence of the rivers Avon and Chew which meanders its way through the stunning Memorial Park. The 26 acre park is a jewel in Keynsham’s crown with people coming from all over...

  20. Chelwood

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    Chelwood

    Bristol

    Four parishioners of Chelwood went to and returned safely from  World War I, therefore Chelwood has been designated a "Thankful Village". I believe there are only 8 such villages in Somerset. 

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