Pub and church tower at Hinton Blewett
Hinton Blewett shown within Somerset
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Hinton Blewett is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England. It is situated 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Wells, 15 miles (24.1 km) south of Bristol on the northern slope of the Mendip Hills within the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and in the Chew Valley near to the source of the River Chew. The parish has a population of 308.
The village was known in the Domesday Book as Hantone, the Blewett part of the name coming from the Bluet family in the fourteenth century. Hantone is believed to mean 'A poor enclosure' from the Old English hean and tun.
The name of the village is sometimes spelled as Hinton Blewitt. There is a village green outside the pub and church, sometimes known as the "Barbary".
William Rees-Mogg took the title of Baron Rees-Mogg, of Hinton Blewett, when he was made a life peer in 1988, although in 1998 he and his family moved to nearby Mells. Lord Rees-Mogg's children Jacob and Annunziata spent much of their childhood in the village.
The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, such as the village hall or community centre, playing fields and playgrounds, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also of interest to the council.
Along with East Harptree and West Harptree, Hinton Blewett is part of the Mendip Ward, which is represented by one councillor on the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset which was created in 1996, as established by the Local Government Act 1992. It provides a single tier of local government with responsibility for almost all local government functions within its area including local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection, recycling, cemeteries, crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism. It is also responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning, although fire, police and ambulance services are provided jointly with other authorities through the Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Great Western Ambulance Service.
Bath and North East Somerset's area covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters is in Bath. Between 1 April 1974 and 1 April 1996, it was the Wansdyke district and the City of Bath of the county of Avon. Before 1974 that the parish was part of the Clutton Rural District.
The parish is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of North East Somerset. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It is also part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.
According to the 2001 Census, the Mendip Ward (which includes East and West Harptree), had 1,465 residents, living in 548 households, with an average age of 39.0 years. Of these 79% of residents describing their health as 'good', 22% of 16-74 year olds had no qualifications; and the area had an unemployment rate of 1.5% of all economically active people aged 16–74. In the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004, it was ranked at 25,387 out of 32,482 wards in England, where 1 was the most deprived LSOA and 32,482 the least deprived.
The Church of St Margaret is largely built of Blue Lias with Doulting Stone arcade, and probably dates from the 13th century although parts are as late as the 16th or 17th century. The five bells were cast in 1708 by the Bilbies of Chew Stoke. It includes the coat of arms of Simon Seward (Rector 1514–59) over the doorway. The church is a Grade I listed building Church of St Margaret at Images of England
Grade II listed buildings
- Middle Road Farmhouse at Images of England
- K6 Telephone Kiosk at Images of England
- Coley House at Images of England
- The Manor House Farmhouse at Images of England
- The Old Rectory at Images of England
- West House Farmhouse at Images of England
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- "Area 6 - Hinton Blewett and Newton St Loe Plateau Lands". BANES Environmental Services. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- Map of Hinton Blewitt circa 1900