Low Ham

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Low Ham
Stone building with square tower
Church without dedication, Low Ham
Low Ham is located in Somerset
Low Ham
Low Ham
 Low Ham shown within Somerset
OS grid reference ST432292
District South Somerset
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LANGPORT
Postcode district TA10 9
Dialling code 01458
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Somerton and Frome
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Coordinates: 51°03′36″N 2°48′40″W / 51.0600°N 2.8110°W / 51.0600; -2.8110

Low Ham is a village in the civil parish of High Ham in the English county of Somerset.

At the time of the Domesday Book Low Ham was part of the estate of Serlo de Burcy, and was later known as Ham Burcy and Nether Ham.[1]

Roman Villa[edit]

Main article: Low Ham Roman Villa

There is evidence of occupation from Roman times with a large Roman Villa which was excavated in 1946. The bath block contained a 4th-century mosaic showing the story of Aeneas and Dido. It is the earliest piece of narrative art in the country and is a unique find from Roman Britain.[2]

Church[edit]

English Heritage list a church, without dedication to any saint, on the site of an earlier church, which was started in the early 17th century, and damaged in the Civil War, and completed in 1690. It is a Grade I listed building.[3]

In the 17th century the local Lord of the Manor, Baron Stawell, intended to build a palatial mansion next to the church but it was never completed. The original gateway was moved to Hazelgrove House (now Hazlegrove Preparatory School) in the early 19th century.[4]

Site of Special Scientific Interest[edit]

Low Ham
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of Search Somerset
Grid reference ST440290
Interest Geological
Area 5 hectare
Notification 1988
Location map English Nature

The Low Ham SSSI at grid reference ST440290, lies on lowest slopes of Woodbirds Hill in the adjoining civil parish of Pitney, just above the Low Ham Rhyne. It is a 12.4 acres (5.0 ha) geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset, notified in 1988. It is a Geological Conservation Review site.

This site contains a Pleistocene sedimentary sequence of sands, silts and peats, laid down in the Early Devensian. The site forms a rare example of deposits of 'interstadial' facies associated with a high sea level; these are of critical importance for British Pleistocene geology.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Low Ham Manors". British History Online. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  2. ^ "The Low Ham Roman Mosaic". Somerset Museum. Retrieved 2006-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Church without Dedication". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  4. ^ Warren, Derrick (2005). Curious Somerset. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. pp. 83–84. ISBN 978-0-7509-4057-3. 
  5. ^ "Low Ham SSSI citation sheet". English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-11. 

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