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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. 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...

  2. Watchet

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    Watchet

    Watchet

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

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Bruton

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    Bruton

    The High Street, Bruton


    Bruton is a bit of a one off, even more so than every Somerset town.

    Miles from anywhere, it’s...

  6. Saltford

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    Saltford

    Bristol

    The historic village of Saltford is a large village (4,200 residents) situated alongside the A4,...

  7. Chelwood

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    Chelwood

    Bristol

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

  8. Clevedon pier

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    Clevedon

    Clevedon

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

    The town, by...

  9. Shoscombe

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    Shoscombe

    Bath

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

  10. 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,...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. Ilminster

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    Ilminster

    Ilminster

    Ilminster takes its name from the River Ile and the Minster church dating from 1450.  The town grew...

  14. Whitchurch

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    Whitchurch

    Bristol

    Whitchurch village is a small parish of just over 500 properties and just over 1000 electors,...

  15. Marksbury

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    Marksbury

    Bath

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

  16. 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...

  17. Crewkerne

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    Crewkerne

    Market Square, Crewkerne


     

    An historic and attractive stone built country Market Town in the South Somerset Hills,...

  18. 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...

  19. Portishead marina

    Portishead

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

  20. Wellington

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    Wellington

    Wellington


    A friendly town set in the wide valley between the Brendon and Blackdown Hills, Wellington gave...

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