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Echo's from the past
Somerset is widely regarded as having some of the most beautiful churches in the land, particularly the medieval towers that rise majestically above even the most modest villages. Many of these towers are decorated with strange carvings which have their own Somerset dialect name, hunky punks. Similar to gargoyles, they have no function other than to attract attention. Step inside and there are more secrets from rare painted walls to unusual pews. Exmoor has some real gems, Oare Church in Lorna Doone country and Culbone, said to be the smallest parish church in England. Some churches are abandoned like Burrowbridge and Uphill.
Because of their significance, in a County that is notably flat in its middle, hills have a rich variety of names here – mump, tor, peak, down. It might seem odd to describe some of these as hidden treasures since they are so obvious but the views from them can be a revelation. Unless you know how to reach the summits, they can remain hidden. Six of these have been named the ‘Somerset 360s’ which you can find on the Visit Somerset website along with details of the Walkers Are Welcome scheme which has more.
We are an independent, non-denominational trust raising money for the repair and improvement of churches and chapels open for Christian worship in the historic county of Somerset. The Trust, founded in 1996 exists to encourage interest and the involvement of all members of the community in the magnificent heritage of our fine religious buildings.
Built between 1175 and 1490 Wells Cathedral in Somerset has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”.
In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike. The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.
Downside Abbey is a Roman Catholic monastery, and is home to a community of Benedictine monks. The Abbey Church is a Minor Basilica and is dedicated to Saint Gregory the Great; it was described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as "the most splendid demonstrat
Muchelney Abbey, which lies two miles south of Langport, was once a landmark in the Somerset Levels and still has much to offer its visitors – history lovers in particular will enjoy this fascinating site but there is also plenty for families to do.
14th/15th-century farm buildings, formerly a priest's residence.
Stay at the magnificent Edgar Townhouse hotel.
Wychwood B&B provides guests with comfortable and quiet en-suite accommodation
Award-winning Church Farm Country Cottages comprises 7 well equipped, single storey cottages.
Discover an enormous range of willow baskets made by our team of skilled craftsmen and women.
Welcome to Brean Country Club, the home of Brean Golf Club and Somerset’s new wedding & events venue