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Whitewashed building with square tower.
Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Emborough
Emborough is located in Somerset
Location within Somerset
Population148 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST615515
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBA3
Dialling code01761
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′40″N 2°33′14″W / 51.2610°N 2.5540°W / 51.2610; -2.5540Coordinates: 51°15′40″N 2°33′14″W / 51.2610°N 2.5540°W / 51.2610; -2.5540

Emborough is a village and civil parish 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Shepton Mallet, and 5 miles (8.0 km) north east of Wells, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. It adjoins the parish of Ston Easton.


The name Emborough means smooth hill.[2]

The parish was part of the hundred of Chewton.[3]

The parish includes two manor houses occupied by the Hippisley or Hippisley Coxe families since Elizabethan times. They bought the manor in 1570.[2] The current Manor Farmhouse is medieval in origin, with some early 17th century alteration, and further work in the 19th century.[4]


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, 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 the responsibility of the council.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of Mendip, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Shepton Mallet Rural District,[5] which is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Somerton and Frome county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects six MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.


Emborough is close to the Emborough Quarries Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Emborough Pond
Lechmere Water
Lechmer Water.jpg
Coordinates51°15′23″N 2°33′13″W / 51.25639°N 2.55361°W / 51.25639; -2.55361 (Emborough Pond)
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom
Surface area10 acres (4.0 ha)

Emborough Pond (also known as Lechmere Water) is a 10-acre (40,000 m2) lake just south of the village. It was originally a much smaller mill pond.[6] It was held by monks on a 51-year lease from 1525 who stocked it with bream, tench, perch and roach, as they were not allowed to eat meat but were allowed to eat fish. In 1533 locals came and took the fish then throwing down the dam.[7] It is now used for Carp angling.[8]

Religious sites[edit]

The parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is medieval in origin but underwent extensive renovation in the 18th century. The inside includes a Georgian gallery and a cast iron "Gurney Stove".[9] It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.[10] The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[11]


  1. ^ "Emborough Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 94. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Manor Farmhouse". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Shepton Mallet RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Emborough Pond". BodyParts. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  7. ^ Harper-Bill, Christopher (1991). Religious Belief and Ecclesiastical Careers in Late Medieval England. Boydell & Brewer. p. 38. ISBN 0-85115-296-1.
  8. ^ "Carp Fishing in Somerset". Fish 4 carp. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  9. ^ Reid, Robert Douglas (1979). Some buildings of Mendip. The Mendip Society. ISBN 0-905459-16-4.
  10. ^ "Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  11. ^ "The Blessed Virgin Mary, Emborough". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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