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Batcombe village, Somerset

Batcombe is a small village and civil parish in the Mendip District of Somerset. It lies in the steep valley of the River Alham about five miles south-east of Shepton Mallet. The parish had a population of 379 in the 2001 Census. Batcombe village is at the heart of the parish, which also includes the hamlets of Westcombe, Spargrove and Eastcombe (historically Ashcombe).

The name Batcombe comes from Saxon and means Bat\'s Valley.

Around 1 mile from the hamlet of Westcombe is a hill fort on Smalldown Knoll which dates back to the Iron Age and possibly the Bronze Age.

Batcombe is thought to have been established around the year 660 CE following the Saxon invasion of Great Britain. Both settlements are recorded in the Domesday Book written after the Norman invasion of England in 1066. The parish of Batcombe was part of the Whitstone Hundred.

The Mendip district was, for several centuries, highly dependent on the wool industry, with which these villages were linked.

Westcombe was for many years property of Glastonbury Abbey which was destroyed with the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The hamlet and area as a whole had strong links with the English woolen industry, which gave name to settlements such as Milton Clevedon.

For a long time the Bisse family owned much property in Batcombe, as well as other local villages, including Spargrove.

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Shepton Mallet, Midsomer Norton, Frome and Wincanton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowShepton Mallet






Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowShepton Mallet

	arrowCastle Cary




Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Shepton Mallet, Frome, Glastonbury and Yeovil.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Shepton Mallet

	arrowEast Somerset Railway


	arrowGants Mill and Garden

Castle Cary

	arrowCastle Cary Museum


	arrowFrome Museum

	arrowMerlin Theatre




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