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West Horrington (Hill End side)
Horrington is located in Somerset
Location within Somerset
OS grid referenceST575465
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWELLS
Postcode districtBA5
Dialling code01749
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°12′58″N 2°36′35″W / 51.2161°N 2.6098°W / 51.2161; -2.6098Coordinates: 51°12′58″N 2°36′35″W / 51.2161°N 2.6098°W / 51.2161; -2.6098

Horrington is a collection of three small villages (South Horrington, East Horrington and West Horrington) in the parish of St Cuthbert Out 1 mile (2 km) or 2 miles (3 km) east of Wells, Somerset, England.

South Horrington is a relatively new village created in the late 1990s from the defunct Mendip Hospital that was closed in 1991.

The original hospital opened on 1 March 1848 and was built to house 400 patients and staff. The principal architect was George Gilbert Scott, who is better known for his designs of St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial in London.

His work has largely been retained and the main buildings have been converted into a range of flats and houses. Newer houses have been built on the original kitchen gardens and orchards although the front grounds remain largely unaltered.

The nearby Maesbury Railway Cutting of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway exposes approximately 135 metres of strata[1] representing the middle and upper Lower Limestone Shales and the basal Black Rock Limestone. Both formations are of early Carboniferous (Courceyan) age.[1]

William Catcott, born 27 Feb 1808 in West Horrington was known as the Baker Poet. He had a book of his poems called "Morning Musings" published which was about the local Mendip Hills and his family. He became a baker in Wells, Somerset and died on 13 Nov 1870. The local paper carried an obituary.

Wells Cricket Club are based in South Horrington.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Maesbury Railway Cutting" (PDF). SSSI citation sheet. English Nature. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  2. ^ "Wells Cricket Club". Wells Cricket Club. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

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