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Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien


Wikipedia 2020:

Wedmore is a large village and civil parish in the county of Somerset, England. It is situated on raised ground, in the Somerset Levels between the River Axe and River Brue, often called the Isle of Wedmore. It forms part of Sedgemoor district. The parish consists of three main villages: Wedmore, Blackford and Theale, with the 17 hamlets of Bagley, Blakeway, Clewer, Crickham, Cocklake, Heath House, Latcham, Little Ireland, Middle Stoughton, Mudgley, Panborough, Sand, Stoughton Cross, Washbrook, West End, West Ham and West Stoughton. The parish of Wedmore has a population of 3,318 according to the 2011 census.

Its facilities include a medical and dental practice, pharmacy, butcher's, a village store with off licence, three pubs, restaurant, café and several other local shops. It is 4 miles (6 km) south of Cheddar, 7 miles (11 km) west of the city of Wells and 7 miles (11 km) north west of Glastonbury.


Centwine gained control of the area in 682 and named it 'Vadomaer' after one of the Saxon leaders Vado the famous. After winning the Battle of Ethandun, Alfred the Great caused the Viking leader Guthrum and his followers to be baptised at Aller and then celebrated at Wedmore. After this the Vikings withdrew to East Anglia.

The Treaty of Wedmore is a term used by some historians inferred for the events in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, outlining how in 878 the Viking leader Guthrum was baptised and accepted Alfred the Great as his godfather. No such treaty still exists but there is a document that is not specifically linked to Wedmore that is a Treaty of Alfred and Guthrum. Alfred then left Wedmore in his will to his son Edward the Elder.

Wedmore was part of the hundred of Bempstone. Earthworks from a complex of buildings, including a hall and chapel, surrounded by a moat, have been identified. The site is believed to have been a bishop's palace demolished by John Harewel in the 1380s.

In 1853 a hoard of 200 silver coins dating from the Saxon period was found in the churchyard. In 1988 a Saxon ring, made of copper alloy with a unique knot design and dating from the 6th or 7th century, was found in the village by Tim Purnell. It has been authenticated by the British Museum and a modern copy made by local jeweller Erica Sharpe.

According to the 1086 Domesday Book, Wedmore/Wetmore was one of the holdings of the Bishop of Wells with 18 cottagers, woodlands, pasture and two fisheries.

In the medieval period, Wedmore was the centre for the surrounding agricultural area, with weekly markets as well as a larger annual one. The market cross dates from the 14th century.

In the 17th century Dr John Westover built a mental hospital to which patients came from all over the West Country. This is believed to have been England's first private lunatic asylum. The doctor is thought to have treated his patients compassionately, ensuring that they had luxuries such as playing cards and tobacco. He kept a record of the ailments of Wedmore people over a period of 15 years.

The original post office in Church Street opposite the church itself, dates from Georgian times, while the Old Vicarage was built at the end of the 15th century. The George Hotel was a 16th-century coaching inn. John Tonkin built a fashionable house, in the Italianate style, which is now the pharmacy.

In 1799 Hannah More established a Sunday school for children in Wedmore in the face of opposition from the vicar and local gentry.

Wedmore's market cross was moved roughly 100 yards along The Borough in the 1830s to allow widening of the high street.

Between 1881 and 1898 the Reverend Hervey produced the Wedmore Chronicle which gives a picture of the people and area at the time.

In late 2018, Strongvox Homes commissioned the development of 35 new houses to the east of Wedmore First School Academy on Blackford Road, with a completion date of early 2020. The scheme comes in the wake of a previous application to build 60 homes opposite the school and 18 opposite Westholme Farm, also on Blackford Road. The development plans were called "ludicrous" and "unnecessary" by residents concerned about the strain placed on infrastructure in the Wedmore region. Wedmore Parish Council supported the development, saying "The neighbourhood plan will provide an element of affordable housing, which is much-needed in the village."

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   Nachname, Taufnamen    Geburt    Personen-Kennung 
1 Banwell, Charity - wife of  geschätzt 1751Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien I10755
2 Banwell, Edmond  4 Dez 1709Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien I10756
3 Banwell, John  geschätzt 1747Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien I10754
4 Banwell, Richard  28 Mrz 1784Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien I10752


Treffer 1 bis 2 von 2

   Nachname, Taufnamen    Tod    Personen-Kennung 
1 Banwell, Edmund  15 Mrz 1726Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien I10758
2 Coome, Agnes  20 Jun 1695Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien I10761


Treffer 1 bis 6 von 6

   Familie    Eheschließung    Familien-Kennung 
1 Banwell / Banwell  16 Feb 1708Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien F3814
2 Banwell / Coome  7 Jan 1654Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien F3815
3 Banwell / Newton  28 Mai 1810Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien F3811
4 Bunn / Feare  25 Jun 1709Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien F3820
5 Coome / Marten  22 Jan 1622Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien F3816
6 Marten / Pytt  22 Jan 1597Wedmore, Somerset, England, Großbritannien F3817