MEM15330 - Brendon Hill Yard (Monument)


Trading post built by the Watchet trading Company to provide coal and agicultural items as far southwest as Bampton. It contained railway sidings, a goods shed, a builders merchants yard, a row of wooden dwellings, a shop and two lime kilns.

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Brendon Hill Village was first supplied by the Watchet Trading Company, which established a warehouse by the railway yard in 1857. Supplies including 'coal, steel, salt, lime, North Wales slate, bricks, draining pipes etc' were sold from a building fronting onto Bampton Road which also provided stabling for 20 horses. A general store was established before 1861. [1] A trading post was first proposed in 1841 by the company secretary, CE Rowcliffe, to serve the country as far to the south-west as Bampton as cheaply as possible. With the exception of the limekilns and fragments of the stores, the buildings do not survive. [2]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Monograph: Sellick, R.. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway and the Story of the Brendon Hills Iron Mines. David and Charles Limited. Second. P.58.
  • <2> Report: Jones, M.H.. 1993. West Somerset Mineral Railway Research Design Summary Report. P.16.
  • <3> Report: Jones, M.H.. 1995. Report on Proposed Low-Key Visitor Access to Industrial Sites on the Brendon Hills. P.10.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society. 1990. Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society Visit to the Brendon Hills. P.5-6.



Grid reference Centred ST 0207 3416 (218m by 163m)
Map sheet ST03SW

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Record last edited

May 29 2019 12:45PM


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