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Shooters Bottom

Wind Turbine The wind turbine at Shooters Bottom  may have replaced he church tower as the most iconic landmark in Chewton Mendip. It certainly can be seen from a greater distance and its construction was one of he most controversial events in the recent history. As the name suggests, Shooters Bottom farm is situated in a shallow valley beneath the wind turbine. The ‘shooters’ part of the name may have been derived from its earlier use for  shooting parties or other form of hunting.
 The Turbine is on the ridge of  the hill on the south of the village called Nedge and it borders what was  the East End , Middlesex and Town tithings. The area of Shooters Bottom not shown on the 1794 map  so that map does not provide any clues about what stood there at the time, if anything.
Jenks Lane may hae connected Shooters Bottm with the rest of the Village which sugests that Shooters Bottom may bave been the site of Jenkins Farm that is mentioned in sme records. The  Jenkins family once owned land in the area.
The modern map shows the site of a disused lime kiln near to the track that leads to the farms but the lime kiln is not shown on the 1840 tithe map.
 There are no references to this estate in the churchwarden accounts which start in 1699 or in the poor book  which starts in 1730. It is possible that there was a farm at Shooters bottom under a different name but the earliest references to Shooters Bottom is when a substantial brick barn was built in 1802. It may have been built as a tithe barn by the Kingsmill family.
Shooters Bottom is referred to by Dorothy Kingsmill when she wrote to her brother, George Mogg in the early 19th century.
Sarah Curtis was listed as the tenant in the 1840 tithe map when at least the brick barn and farmyard still belonged to the Kingsmills. It is possible tha she was living in what has become Mendip Farm.
Somerset record DD/HI/A/44 is the first confirmed date for a house which built before 1840 which appears to have been bought by Richard Hippisley Tuckfield, 1840 then transferred by him to his nephew, John Hippisley in 1843.
 At least some of Shooters Bottom was a Kingsmill property when it formed part of the 1848 auction when J Habgood was the sitting tenant.
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