Beanacre Barn

Beanacre Barn Blog
-      A view from the top of the Mendips!

A somewhat occasional blog in which we aim to provide news and comment on local events, happenings and items of interest from the viewpoint of 700+ feet on top of the Mendip Hills.

A Brief History of Binegar in Somerset

December 31, 2018

As this is the first post in the Beanacre Blog I thought it might be appropriate to provide a brief history of our village of Binegar Medieval 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 renowned Bilbie family. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building. (ack…

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The Somerset Levels and Moors

March 3, 2019

At the heart of Somerset in the southwest of England is an area called the Somerset Levels and Moors. It has international status as one of the most important wetlands of its type in the world. The whole area was under water until about 4500 BC when peat deposits began to form in salt marsh, fen and raised bog environments. People have been draining the area since before the Domesday Book. In the Middle Ages, the monasteries of Glastonbury, Athelney and Muchelney were responsible for much of the drainage. The Levels is extremely rich in wildlife and wild flowers. It is one of the finest remaining lowland wetlands left in Britain, and is also internationally important for migrating birds. The Somerset Levels and Moors includes 32 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, of which 12 are Special Protection Areas. This is also one of the best places in the UK to witness…

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Somerset – National Trust treasure trove!

April 5, 2019

Seeing this beautiful image of the bluebells on Brean Down reminded me of the great number and diversity of fascinating National Trust properties within easy reach of the Beanacre Barn here in Binegar, Somerset. As you can see from the map on this linked page, these include the house and majestic gardens at Stourhead, home of the National Trust; grand historic country houses such as Tyntesfield and Montacute, the location used for much of the classic TV series “Wolf Hall”; the mystical Glastonbury Tor and the towering cliffs of Cheddar Gorge. Whether you wish to stroll in beautiful gardens such as those at The Courts, explore fine country houses or hike along Brean Down for stunning views out into the Severn Estuary with Wales beyond, this Jewel of the Southwest that is Somerset has so much to offer! Check out our suggestions of places to visit and where to eat…

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