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Nunney, Somerset

Historical Description

Nunney, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 3½ miles SW by W of Frome station on the G.W.R., and has a post and money order office under Frome; telegraph office, Mells. The parish contains also the hamlet of Trudox Hill, and comprises 2505 acres; population, 914. Nunney Castle was erected in the time of Edward III. or in that of Richard II. by Sir Elias De la Mere; was an oblong moated structure with a tower at each angle; rose, in its central part, to the height of four storeys; passed to the family of Paulet, ancestors of the Dukes of Bolton; was sold in the time of Elizabeth by the first Marquis of Winchester; passed through several families to the Theobalds; was garrisoned for the king in the Civil Wars of Charles I.; sustained a stiff siege by the troops of Cromwell; surrendered on condition that the garrison should go to their own homes; was-afterwards dismantled; is now a massive, mouldering, ivy-clad, picturesque ruin; and retains, in its SE tower, a very fine specimen of an ancient domestic chapel. Remains of a Roman camp are near the village, and remains of a Roman tessellated pavement, in good preservation, were discovered some years ago on the property of Mr Shore. A pretty dell, called Holwell Valley, watered by an affluent of the Frome river, is about half a mile from the village. Limestone abounds, and is calcined in several kilns, and the manufacture of edge-tools is carried on. A cattle fair is held annually on 11 Nov. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £430 with residence. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is Early English, consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower, and contains a fine old oak screen and five ancient tombs with recumbent effigies; the building was enlarged and restored in 1874. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishNunney St. Peter 
Poor Law unionFrome 

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA11
Post TownFrome