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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. Boats Moored on the river Brue

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    Highbridge

    BURNHAM-ON-SEA

    The ‘bridge’ in the name of this town gives a clue to its influence in the days when transport by...

  2. 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...

  3. Portishead marina

    Portishead

    Portishead is a beautiful coastal town in North Somerset that overlooks the Severn Estuary and just...

  4. Watchet

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    Watchet

    Watchet

    The maritime history of Watchet colours every part of the town while the wild beauty of its...

  5. Chard

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    Chard

    Fore Street, Chard


    Chard is geographically the highest town in Somerset and nestles in a corner of South Somerset...

  6. Porlock and Porlock Weir

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    Porlock and Porlock Weir

    Porlock

    Porlock is an attractive village with old thatched cottages and a good selection of shops, cafes,...

  7. Priston

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    Priston

    Bath

    Priston is a small village just five miles south of Bath, enveloped by fields which are vibrant...

  8. Chelwood

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    Chelwood

    Bristol

    Four parishioners of Chelwood went to and returned safely from  World War I, therefore Chelwood has...

  9. Market cross

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    Shepton Mallet

    Shepton Mallet


    Nestling in a fold of the Mendip Hills, the historic town of Shepton Mallet dates back to Roman...

  10. Flower tubs outside the market House

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    Castle Cary

    Castle Cary


    Castle Cary - one of the most attractive of Somerset's market towns.
    Tucked away in a secluded...

  11. Clevedon pier

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    Clevedon

    Clevedon

    Clevedon is a beautiful Victorian seaside town overlooking the Severn Estuary.

    The town, by...

  12. High Littleton

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    High Littleton

    BRISTOL

    The village of High Littleton and its hamlets of Hallatrow and Amesbury form a civil parish and are...

  13. Marksbury

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    Marksbury

    Bath

    Marksbury Parish encompasses the villages of Marksbury and Stanton Prior and the hamlet of...

  14. Axbridge Church and square

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    Axbridge

    Axbridge

    Half-timbered buildings lean towards each other across a narrow street leading from the medieval...

  15. 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...

  16. Westfield

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    Westfield

    Radstock

    The parish of Westfield surrounds an ancient Roman Road, the Fosseway.  Although Westfield was not...

  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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. Shoscombe

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    Shoscombe

    Bath

    Shoscombe parish lies close to the south eastern boundary of Peasedown St John marked out by the...

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