Visit Bruton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bruton, Somerset, is an ancient-rooted, friendly little town of grey stone and weathered red-tiled, and in some cases stabbed, roofs in a groove of land on either side of a small river. The view West from its churchyard is one of the most fascinatingly medieval in the county. Its fine church is basically l5th century with a splendid tower and tie-beam nave roof, and an 18th century chancel sprucely painted in attractive contrast. An unusually narrow packhorse bridge crosses the river. A nice walk leads over it, via lanes and arches, to, at the west end of the High Street, the courtyard of Hugh Sexey's Hospital, founded in 1638, now old people's houses, with a pretty oak-panelled chapel on its south side.
Before the Norman Conquest, the town was a borough with a mint. In 1142 it was given a priory which, in 1510, became an abbey, of which the remains are the long, buttressed wall close to the packhorse bridge, and the dovecot in the field behind. From c. 1300 to c. 1800 it had a thriving wool industry. This was replaced by silk manufacture, later by brewing and lace, bacon and furniture-making, and sawmills. Of these industries, however, only the sawmills remain and its population has declined steadily since 1831. It has two old and respected boys' schools.
About 1½ miles West at Wyke Champflower is an attractive and interesting tiny church attached to a manor house. It was built in 1623 and contains box pews and a fine carved-stone pulpit.
Three miles North, Batcombe is worth visiting for its splendid l5th century church tower and for the countryside around.
Nearby towns: Castle Cary, Frome, Gillingham, Shepton Mallet
Nearby villages: Alford, Bourton, Brewham, Buckhorn Weston, Charlton Musgrove, Chesterblade, Cole, Compton, Cucklington, Ditcheat, Downhead, East Cranmore, East Lydford, East Pennard, East Stour, Evercreech, Feltham, Hornblotton, Horsington, Kilmington, Leighton, Maiden Bradley, North Barrow, North Brewham, North Cadbury, North Cheriton, Nunney, Penselwood, Pilton, Pylle, Queen Camel, Silton, South Barrow, South Cadbury, South Cheriton, Sparkford, Sutton Montis, Tytherington, Upton Noble, Wanstrow, West Cranmore, West Lydford, Wincanton, Yarlington, Zeals
Have you decided to visit Bruton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bruton bed and breakfast (a Bruton B&B or Bruton b and b)
- a Bruton guesthouse
- a Bruton hotel (or motel)
- a Bruton self-catering establishment, or
- other Bruton accommodation