As this is the first post in the Beanacre Blog I thought it might be appropriate to provide a short history of our village.
The early name of the village was Begenhangra, in a charter of 1065, which probably meant the “slope where beans are grown”. We adopted the early meaning of the village name in naming our cottage, the Beanacre Barn!
Located on the A37 about 14 miles south of Bath and 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Wells, It had a population in 2011 of 313.
The Norman Church of the Holy Trinity was rebuilt in the 15th century, and again rebuilt (except for the tower) in 1858 for Rev William Heade. The tower contains two bells dating from 1776 and made by William Bilbie of the Bilbie family. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.
The village used to have a station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, which closed in 1966 as part of the infamous ‘Beeching restructuring’! For the ‘railway anoraks’ out there I may have more to tell of the ‘Slow and Dirty’ railway in a later post.
Our holiday cottage, Beanacre Barn, was originally one of the out-buildings of Church Farm which dates from the 1640s. The original farmhouse is now the oldest continuously occupied house in the village. As the name suggests, historically it was owned by the Church of England, which once owned very great areas of land in the country. It was rented by tenant farmers until the 1970s when it then became a private dwelling. We came here in 2002 and converted the Beanacre Barn from a very broken down old building into the beautiful holiday retreat it is today.