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Nedge

Nedge FarmNedge is a contraction of Edge Hill and both names were still in use in the Victorian era. It formed part of the Middlesex tithing and is situated on the top of the hill between Bathway and Green Ore. A number of farms  were based in Nedge and Uphills agricultural engineers are still based on the cross roads leading to East and West End. This picture of Nedge Farm taken from near the top of the hill gives an idea of how Chewton Mendip lies in a wide valley between two ridges. Nedge is the southern ridge, Chew Down is the northern ridge.
NedgeThe extract from the 1794 map shows it in transition from the time when the Mendip plain at the top of the hill was unfenced ‘waste land’ or Mendip Forest. This does not mean it was unused, it just means it was not fenced off. The photograph was taken from the approximate position of Lasbury Lane. The 18th century churchwarden and poor law records make very few references to Nedge but there are many records that can be traced to people who lived in the area. Another issue is that Nedge is also on the ‘edge’ of several parish boundaries and the status of Green Ore was not clear. This map shows Jenks Lane in the bottom right hand corner which may have been the main route before the turnpike road was built in 1754 but Rouse Corner  suggests otherwise. A field called ‘House‘ can be seen in the top right hand corner. This is the site of Bathway Farm.
The buildings marked with yellow have been demolished but could have been the houses referred to as ‘Middlesex‘ or ‘Wells Hill’ in the Victorian school register but there are other prospects for those houses. There are a number of other farms and other buildings shown of the 1794 map in the Nedge area which have been demolished. Adams Grove is at the top of this map which was once a farm.
 The green spot is the location of Nedge Farm and the blue spot shows Everards farm. Both of these are private houses. The green line marks the approximate location of the cottages that were built after this map and are still standing. The lower row of cottages were built in 1810 and the upper  row were built in 1832. The lower row incorporated a blacksmith forge.
The 1839 map shows the area in great detail and shows that the original Methodist chapel was situated in Nedge. There were also Methodist chapels in Bathway and Chew Hill.
 
 
 
 
 
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