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Taunton Deane and the Heart of Somerset, Somerset, England


A Historic Tour of Taunton Deane and the Heart of Somerset
Taunton Castle

A Historic Tour of Taunton Deane and the Heart of Somerset
Taunton Skyline

Taunton Deane and the Heart of Somerset

Taunton Heritage Trail
Celebrate over 1100 years of Taunton’s History around Taunton’s Historic Buildings. The town on the Tone has found itself at the centre of many a bloody uprising, notably the anti royalist stance the town took during the Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion.

Wiveliscombe Heritage Arts Trail
The Wiveliscombe Heritage Arts Trail marks the sites of 28 pubs and inns with glass, mosaic, carved slate and sculpted figures.

Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days celebrates the architecture and culture of the area by allowing the public free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days takes place on 7th – 11th September.

Wellington History
Wellington’s growth and prosperity dates back to the 18th Century when the Fox Family started to build their integrated woollen mill. A visit to the Wellington Museum will allow you to unravel the Fox Family legacy – Lloyds Bank was formerly Fox’s Bank the last privately owned bank in England.

Levels and Moors
After the last glaciation ended 10,000 years ago the sea levels rose rapidly. All of the levels and moors area in Somerset was under water until c.4500 BC when peat deposits began to form in salt marsh, fen and raised bog environments. The levels and moors are steeped in history, myth and legends including the last battle fought on English soil at Westonzoyland in 1685, where supporters of the Duke of Monmouth were defeated by King James II's army nearby.

Norton Hillfort
This low hill has seen human activity since the Stone Age. The site was home to permanent homes, which were defended by earth banks and ditches that can still be seen today. The Romans were the last to occupy the site. The wooded perimeter of the site is now a local nature reserve. Visit the site in Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton.

For more Information please contact:
Heart of Somerset Tourism
The Deane House
Belvedere Road
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1HE
Web:  www.heartofsomerset.com
Tel: +44 (0)906 302 0180
or +44 (0)1823 356488
Fax: +44 (0)1823 356444

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