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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. 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...

  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...

  4. 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...

  5. Westfield

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    Westfield

    Radstock

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

  6. North Petherton

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    North Petherton

    Bridgwater

    Before it became a town, North Petherton was the largest village in England. It was an important...

  7. Wellington

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    Wellington

    Wellington


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

  8. Crewkerne

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    Crewkerne

    Market Square, Crewkerne


     

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

  9. 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...

  10. Chew Stoke

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    Chew Stoke

    Chew Stoke

    CHEW STOKE has a population of around a 1000 and lies at the foot of the Mendip Hills – designated...

  11. Horse Riding on the beach

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    Blue Anchor

    Minehead

    Blue Anchor Bay is a quiet coastal location with a long sandy beach offering peaceful relaxation....

  12. Priston

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    Priston

    Bath

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

  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. Dulverton

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    Dulverton

    Dulverton


    The delightful town of Dulverton lies on the southern edge of Exmoor National Park – Europe’s...

  15. Langport

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    Langport

    Langport

    This ancient market town lies at the heart of the Somerset Levels, strategically placed at a...

  16. Farleigh Hungerford

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    Farleigh Hungerford

    2 Bridge Street, Frome


    Historic village dominated by the ruined castle...

  17. Wiveliscombe

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    Wiveliscombe

    Wiveliscombe


    Situated at the foot of the Brendon Hills at...

  18. Cannington college

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    Cannington

    Bridgwater

    The village of Cannington, on the edge of the...

  19. Nunney Castle

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    Nunney

    2 Bridge Street, Frome


    Nunney is a beautiful village with much of...

  20. Norton St Philip

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    Norton St Philip

    2 Bridge Street, Frome


    Discover a wealth of historic interest...

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