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Chewton Mendip History Web Site

May 21, 2012

The Old Vicarage in Chewton Mendip by Ann FordThis is the home page of a website dedicated to the history of Chewton Mendip which is a Somerset village in the Mendip Hills roughly equidistant between the cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells.

This is a short history of the village of Chewton Mendip which aims to identify new information and present the old information in a new way.  The Waldegrave farm tenants lunch captures a ‘end of era’ moment when the village was dominated by farming.

The picture of the Litton fete of the 1920 adds to the traditional image  of the countryside.

This history concentrates on the role of the people who owned the church land in Chewton Mendip and the families who lived on the site of the ‘Old Vicarage’. These were members of the clergy some of the time but some were military men of national significance whilst others were ‘ordinary’ people. This website attempts to explain the significance of the Kingsmill family who owned most of the village up to 1848.

Click on the ‘Time Line’ tab to follow a structured path through the history of the village and refer to the Wikipedia  additional information about the village. Please refer to the acknowledgements page for a list of the contributors to this website but the opinions expressed in this website are the author’s own.

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Richard Loxton June 2015

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6 Comments
  1. This is only the beginning of this web site. New pages will be added when they are ready. I hope to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

  2. Keith Martin permalink

    Richard – this is jolly good – very interesting – well done

  3. caroline permalink

    Both Keith and i have just had a good look at your website, lots of interesting facts, well done, keep searching !

  4. Steve Bumstead permalink

    Excellent site – I’m still exploring it, but congratulations on what you’ve achieved. I’m Steve Bumstead and I’m the Online Parish Clerk for Chewton Mendip, at present engaged in transcribing the Parish Register (the FreeReg entries are my work). If I can offer any help with that side of things please contact me. I’m descended from the Gait, York and Board families

  5. Peter Bagshaw permalink

    Fascinating: would be very happy to send you my gedcom file as several ancestors were the Speeds/Loxtons etc if you wish.

  6. Lynne Evans permalink

    great job is there an email address that I am not seeing as I am a descendant of the Blanning/Stephens families

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