Archive for October, 2010

Bodden in 3d

October 15, 2010


Bodden in 3d

The tiny settlement of Bodden was founded in 1541 by Earl Michael Bodden (1512-1569).

It lies at a t-junction of two narrow country lanes.

Consisting mainly of farms and a few houses the area has a tranquillity and peacefulness about it, only broken by the occasional horse and rider and, of course, the farm traffic.

The nearby Ingsdons Hill offers wonderful views across to nearby Shepton Mallet.

One former resident, Trish Bodden (1753-1777) disguised herself as a man to fight in the American War of Independence.

She was killed at Saratoga. Another, Ambrowse Bowden, was the first English colonist to settle in Maine.

 Source: The Webmaster and The Internet.

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Great Elm in 3d

October 8, 2010
Great Elm

Great Elm - A 3d image

Great Elm is so named to distinguish it from the village of Little Elm (since developed as the village of Chantry).

South-west from the village lies Tedbury Camp, an earthwork where a pot of Roman coins was dug up in 1691.

The manor was held for the first 200 years from the Domesday Book by the Giffards. Later it was owned by the Hodges family, and then the Strachey’s.

Source: Somerset The Complete Guide by Robin Bush.

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Chantry in 3d

October 5, 2010
Chantry is a former industrial village based on the older hamlet of Little Elm, which was founded by James Fussell (1774-1845) of the family of edge-tool makers from Mells. Here he built (circa 1825) his solid uncompromising mansion, the Chantry, believed to take its name from the fact it stood on land with which a chantry at Whatley church had been endowed.
The ornamental lake below the mansion provided water powerfor the Fussell mills and around the house cottages were built that housed workers at the Chantry and Railroad works in the valley.
Chantry is one of Somerset’s eight ‘Thankful Villages’, a term coined by the writer Arthur Mee in the 1930’s to recognise those villages that suffered no loss of men during the First World War.
Source: Somerset The Complete Guide by Robin Bush.
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