High Ham

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High Ham
Stone building with square tower.
Church of Saint Andrew, High Ham
High Ham is located in Somerset
High Ham
High Ham
High Ham shown within Somerset
Population 909 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST425310
Shire county
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
List of places
51°04′35″N 2°49′13″W / 51.0765°N 2.8203°W / 51.0765; -2.8203Coordinates: 51°04′35″N 2°49′13″W / 51.0765°N 2.8203°W / 51.0765; -2.8203

High Ham is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England. Within the parish of High Ham are the villages of High Ham and Low Ham and the hamlets of Bowdens, Henley, Paradise and Picts Hill.


Within the parish of High Ham there have been two Roman villas discovered: Low Ham Roman Villa and another in High Ham.

The parish of High Ham was part of the Whitley Hundred.[2]


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 South Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Langport Rural District.[3] The district council 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 seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.


Eastfield, Sedgemoor Hill is a grassland with orchids and butterflies which has been designated as a local nature reserve.[4]


Stembridge Tower Mill is the only remaining thatched windmill in England and is under the care of the National Trust. Constructed in 1822 it was damaged by storms and left running via steam by 1897/8 and last used commercially in 1910. In 1969 Professor H. H. Bellot left the windmill, cottage and garden to the National Trust in his will. The mill has four floors, a thatched cap and is constructed of local limestone known as Blue Lias.[5]


High Ham Primary School is a voluntarily controlled Church of England school.[6]

Religious sites[edit]

High Ham Church is dedicated to St Andrew. There is documentary evidence for a church in High Ham in 1168 although the current buildings are later in date. The tower dates from the early 14th century, the nave from 1476 and chancel from 1499.[5] It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[7]

There is also a church without dedication, which was formerly private chapel to the manor. It stands on the site of an earlier church, and was started in the early 17th century, damaged in the English Civil War, and completed in 1690.[8]

Notable people from High Ham[edit]


  1. ^ "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Langport RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Eastfield, Sedgemoor Hill". Natural England. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Robert Dunning (2004). "High Ham, A history of the County of Somerset". 8: The Poldens and the Levels. Victoria County History: 70–91. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  6. ^ "High Ham Primary". Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  7. ^ "Church of St Andrew". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Church without Dedication". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 

External links[edit]

Media related to High Ham at Wikimedia Commons