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Muchelney village, Somerset

Muchelney is a village and civil parish on the River Parrett, 1.5 miles south of Huish Episcopi and 5.5 miles southwest of Somerton in the South Somerset district. The village had a population of about 210 in 2002.

Adjacent to Muchelney are the hamlets of Thorney and Muchelney Ham.

The village was recorded as Micelenie in the Domesday book meaning 'the increasingly great island' from the Old English miclian and from the Norsk øe. The -ey or -y suffix served as the old English designation for "island", and thus is common to many of the villages in this area of the Somerset Levels, which stood as islands just above the marshes, which have since been drained. The parish of Muchelney was part of the Pitney Hundred.

The village is best known as the site of Muchelney Abbey, a Benedictine abbey founded by King Athelstan in 939, and largely demolished in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Architectural details of houses in the surrounding area are thought to incorporate fragments scavenged when the Abbey was destroyed.

The remains of Muchelney Abbey, including Tudor monks' quarters, and exhibits, are managed by English Heritage. Other tourist attractions in Muchelney include the parish church of St Peter and St Paul; the Priest's House (built in 1308 and now managed by the National Trust), and the pottery of artist John Leach.

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 Langport, Ilminster, Somerton and Street.

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:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Langport, Martock, Ilchester and Yeovil.

Nearby Attractions


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


	arrowMuchelney Abbey

South Petherton

	arrowEast Lambrook Manor Gardens


	arrowBarrington Court

	arrowWarehouse Theatre

	arrowPerry's Cider Mills


	arrowIlchester Museum




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