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Somerset Gazetteer

The ceremonial county of Somerset consists of the non-metropolitan county Somerset County Council, and two unitary authorities North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset or BANES as it is known, not too affectionately, to its inhabitants.

In general I stick to the ceremonial counties, otherwise I'd have to keep redesigning the site every time the government decides it is in its interest to redraw the boundaries.

Claverton Manor and the American Museum

Location

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OS Ref: ST 784 640

Last Visited: 1996

American Museum - Bath

American Museum - Bath

The American Museum

The American Museum

Claverton Manor, sits on the top of the hill with spectacular views over the Limpley Stoke Valley and the River Avon.

It is a fine old Georgian house with extensive grounds, much of which are open to the public.

It also houses The American Museum in Britain which is worth visiting even if you are not particularly interested in Americana.

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Claverton Pumping Station

Location

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OS Ref: ST 791 643

Last Visited: 1988

Claverton Pump

Claverton Pump

There always seems something vaguely incestuous about using water running downhill to pump water uphill but, in fact, it was a common practice.

A number of water wheel driven examples are preserved at Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park in Cornwall, and the almost magical ram pumps are still used in remote areas.

Claverton Pump uses the same principal, but on a grand scale. The massive waterwheel is 7.3m (24ft) wide and 5.2m (17ft) in diameter, and the pump can raise 447 cubic metres (98,500 gallons) of water an hour to the Kennet and Avon Canal some 14.6m (48ft) above the river.

It was built by the great architect and engineer, John Rennie, and completed in 1813. The pumping station operated continuously until 1952, and then lay derelict until restored by volunteers and reopened in 1978.

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Treasurer's House, Martock

Location

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OS Ref: ST 461 191

Last Visited: 2015

Treasurer's House

Treasurer's House

Treasurer's House, Martock is a medieval priest's house built from Ham stone.

It began life as the parsonage attached to the village church of All Saints.

In 1227 it was acquired by Hugh of Wells the Treasurer of Wells Cathedral, hence the name.

For opening times, admission prices, etc. please see the National Trust's official site detailed below.

A Wall Painting

A Wall Painting

The building has a T-shaped plan. The oldest part is the solar and screens passage block at the back dating from around 1250. Projecting from this is the Great Hall completed in 1293, and next to it, but not connected, is the Kitchen added in the 15th century.

Upstairs, the Solar contains an unusual 13th-century wall painting of Jesus on the cross. He is accompanied by two other figures. This was uncovered in the 1990s when the post-reformation 16th century lime wash was removed.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Treasurer's House, Martock
      National Trust Handbook entry detailing opening times, ticket prices, facilities, etc.
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/treasurers-house-martock
    • Treasurer's House
      Wikipedia article
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasurer%27s_House

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