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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. High Littleton

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    High Littleton


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

  2. Wincanton

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    Market Place, Wincanton

    Two hundred years ago as many as seventeen stage coaches a day would pass through Wincanton. ...

  3. Farrington Gurney

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    Farrington Gurney


    Farrington Gurney is a small rural village and a great place to live. Situated in the north east of...

  4. 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...

  5. Priston

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

  6. Ubley

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    Ubley Parish sits in the Yeo valley at the west end of the Chew Valley.  It is bordered to the...

  7. Boats Moored on the river Brue

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

  8. Westfield

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

  9. Axbridge Church and square

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

  10. Dulverton

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

  11. Wellow

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    The Parish of Wellow lies three miles south of the city of Bath and five miles north east of...

  12. Dunkerton and Tunley

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    Dunkerton and Tunley


    Situated on the northern slope of the valley of the Cam Brook, Dunkerton has been in existence for...

  13. North Petherton

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    North Petherton


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

  14. Horse Riding on the beach

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    Blue Anchor


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

  15. Langport

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

  16. Pub and Church in Westonzoyland

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    Most people have heard of Judge Jeffreys and the...

  17. A large ammonite on the foreshore

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    Lying at the northern end of the Quantocks, Kilve...

  18. Midsomer Norton

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    Midsomer Norton

    Midsomer Norton

    Midsomer Norton which includes Welton Village,...

  19. Cannington college

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

  20. Exford

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    On the river Exe, at the heart of Exmoor National...

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