Chewton Keynsham

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Chewton Keynsham
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North from Fairy Hill, looking toward Chewton Keynsham and Keynsham
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Mission Church
Chewton Keynsham is located in Somerset
Chewton Keynsham
Chewton Keynsham
Chewton Keynsham shown within Somerset
Population approx. 100
OS grid reference ST652664
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS40
Dialling code 01761
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°23′44″N 2°29′58″W / 51.3955°N 2.4995°W / 51.3955; -2.4995Coordinates: 51°23′44″N 2°29′58″W / 51.3955°N 2.4995°W / 51.3955; -2.4995

Chewton Keynsham (grid reference ST652664) is a hamlet on the River Chew in the Chew Valley, Somerset. It is 7 miles from Bristol, 7 miles from Bath, and 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the centre of the town of Keynsham.

The place lies on the Monarch's Way long distance footpath.

Government and politics[edit]

Chewton Keynsham is part of the Farmborough Ward which is represented by one councillor on the Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority which has wider responsibilities for services such as education, refuse, tourism etc. The village is a part of the North East Somerset constituency and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament.


According to the 2011 Census, the E00072685 output area (which extended from Queens Charlton to Burnett, both with higher populations), had 286 residents of which 40 were children, living in 117 households. Of these 242 described their health as 'good' or 'very good', 32 adults had no qualifications; 1 person was unemployed, whereas 77 were economically inactive, which includes carers, 18 students and 44 retirees.[1]


The settlement is linear with outlying farms on the valley slopes and has an 18th century bridge crossing the River Chew, which follows the course of the village street north-south. Farmland occupies most of the mixed clay and calciferous hillsides and semi-plateaus above, interspersed by small areas of ancient woodland and many hedgerows.[2][3]

Chewton Place[edit]

Chewton Place is a Grade II listed building was formerly a large detached house, but is now used as a conference centre.[4] It was built about 1762 and extended c. 1786. It was extensively remodelled in 1860–70 and restored in 1968 after flood damage and further extended in 1987–88.[5] A folly tower, known locally as the Owl Tower, was built in the grounds in the late 18th century — a tall tapering square obelisk of coursed limestone finished with a pyramidal cap. It has pointed-arched openings, east and west, giving a walk-through passage at the base and diagonal buttresses. The carved owl on a keystone probably gives the folly, which is Grade II-recognized, its name.[6]


  1. ^ Output areas: quick statistics (2011 census) Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  2. ^ "Chewton Pack Horse Bridge at ST 654 664". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Hinchliffe, Ernest (1994). Guide to the Packhorse Bridges of England. Cicerone. pp. 136–137. ISBN 978-1852841430. 
  4. ^ "Chewton Place". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Chewton Place (459719)". Images of England. 
  6. ^ "Folly approx. 15m to west of Chewton Place". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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