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Queen Camel village, Somerset

Queen Camel is a village and civil parish, on the River Cam and the A359 road, in the South Somerset district. It is about 7 miles north of Yeovil. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 926. The parish includes the hamlet of Wales. Nearby places are West Camel, Sparkford and Marston Magna.

The name "Camel" derives not from the animal but from 'Cantmael', the name of the place in the 10th century. 'Cantmael' possibly derives from the Celtic words canto 'district' and mael 'bare hill'. The 'Queen' in the village's name is probably Queen Eleanor, the wife of Henry III, who owned land in the area in the 13th century.

Some historians, including John Leland, believe the area surrounding the village to be the site of the final battle of King Arthur, the Battle of Camlann. In the 10th century, land in Camel was granted away by the kings Edmund I, Eadwig and Edgar the Peaceful, but by the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066 it was held by Gytha of Wessex, after whom the village school, which opened in 1873 is named.

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 Castle Cary, Wincanton, Yeovil and Somerton.

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:


	arrowCastle Cary




Caravan Holidays

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

Nearby Attractions


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


	arrowHaynes International Motor Museum

	arrowFleet Air Arm Museum

	arrowCineworld, Yeovil

	arrowOctagon Theatre

	arrowSwan Theatre

	arrowTintinhull Garden


	arrowLytes Cary Manor


	arrowIlchester Museum

Castle Cary

	arrowCastle Cary Museum




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