Visit Axbridge and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Axbridge, Somerset. The base from which Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings hunted stags on the Mendips, it was made a borough by Edward the Confessor and remains one of the most ancient-looking small towns and one of the few with exposed-timber Tudor buildings in the county. From the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution it was a wool town specializing in knitting stockings. That Hannah More, the pioneer social worker, found it in the late 18th century “a wretched beggarly town.. . all anarchy and malice” does not mean its merchants were not rich. Now, it is famous for its strawberries.
The town is mainly one long winding street bulging at one point into a square. From this, steps lead up to its handsome, mainly l5th-century cruciform church containing an unusual decorated-plaster nave ceiling (1636), an outstanding sculptured font (c. 1460) and fine vaulting under the tower. The connection between the obviously Elizabethan building called King John's Hunting Lodge and that king is obscure, but he seems undoubtedly to have frequented the town as a hunter. Bull-baiting took place in the square as late as the 19th century, and instruments of this torture and others are in the museum in the Town Hall (1833); also records of the town's history. There is a domed 17th-century manor house, a little West of the square.
Nearby cities: Bristol, Wells
Nearby towns: Burnham-on-sea, Clevedon, Nailsea, Weston-super-mare
Nearby villages: Badgworth, Banwell, Blagdon, Bleadon, Brent Knoll, Burrington, Burrington, Burrington, Butcombe, Chapel Allerton, Cheddar, Compton Martin, Congresbury, Draycott, Draycott, Draycott, Felton, Huntspill, Hutton, Langford, Locking, Loxton, Lulsgate Bottom, Lympsham, Mark, Polsham, Priddy, Puxton, Rodney Stoke, Rooks Bridge, Sandford, Shipham, Sidcot, Ubley, Weare, Wedmore, Wells, Westbury, Weston-Super-Mare, Wick St. Lawrence, Winford, Wookey, Worle, Wrington, Yatton
Have you decided to visit Axbridge or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Axbridge bed and breakfast (a Axbridge B&B or Axbridge b and b)
- a Axbridge guesthouse
- a Axbridge hotel (or motel)
- a Axbridge self-catering establishment, or
- other Axbridge accommodation