Read more about the 'lock-up'.
Did you know that on  27  November 1953 the Lock-up became listed as an Ancient Monument. See what it looks like now and how the immediate area has changed.

Domesday Book
See the 1851 map for actual quote








A little bit about Monkton Combe - Page 2

A few yards from the Church, a lane leads down to the Mill next to the Midford Brook, and to the Manor House beside it. The Mill is one of two mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

From here (where the Somerset Coal Canal and railway used to run) a path crosses a meadow to what used to be a packhorse bridge, and on to an ancient track that climbs the hillside beyond. Sadly the old bridge was swept away by floods and has been replaced by a wooden one, somewhat reminiscent of the one on a willow pattern plate.

There are about 90 houses in the village and about two hundred feet above the village to the north, you will find the old tithe barn, three old cottages and some converted farm buildings, probably of late 18th century. Beyond is a terrace of cottages built for quarry workers.

Above these is a handsome  Georgian house, once the major estate of the parish, which is now a Hotel and Country Club. These houses enjoy magnificent views of Monkton Combe, the Viaduct, and the Midford and Limpley Stoke Valleys. Combe Grove Hotel and Country Club
Monkton Combe has, since the very earliest times, been influenced by the proximity of Bath, and is unusual in several ways. It has never been a feudal village or been subject to a great house and family. It has had, curiously, divided ecclesiastical control.

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