West Bradley

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The Parish Church of West Bradley
Yellow stone building with red tiled roof and square tower with short spire. Foreground is grass with gravestones.
St Peter's Church, Hornblotton
The Parish Church of West Bradley is located in Somerset
The Parish Church of West Bradley
The Parish Church of West Bradley
Location within Somerset
Population277 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST555365
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBA6
Dialling code01458
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°07′34″N 2°38′14″W / 51.12604°N 2.63727°W / 51.12604; -2.63727Coordinates: 51°07′34″N 2°38′14″W / 51.12604°N 2.63727°W / 51.12604; -2.63727

West Bradley is a village and civil parish 4 miles south-east of Glastonbury in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the hamlets of Hornblotton and Lottisham.

Hornblotton Green is a traditional English community with a small village hall. There are no shops in Hornblotton although there are 3 working farms, and a beautiful Victorian arts and crafts style church. The village is on the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath. Also a cycle route passes through.


Bradley comes from Old English and means the broad clearing or wood.[2]

The manor of Bradley was given to Glastonbury Abbey in 746 by Ethelbald, King of Mercia, and held it until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539.[2]

The parish of West Bradley was part of the hundred of Glaston Twelve Hides, while Hornblotton was part of the Whitstone Hundred.[3]


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,[4] 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 Wells 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.


The Court Barn was built in the 15th century as a Tithe barn for Glastonbury Abbey, and was restored in the early 20th century.[5]

Lottisham Manor dates from the 15th century.[6] Bradley House is slightly later having been built in the 16th and 17th centuries.[7] It was completed in 1726 by Col William Piers and included ornamental canals in the grounds.[2]

Near the church in Hornblotton is Hornblotton House, a large country mansion with substantial outbuildings and a large pond.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of England Parish Church of St Andrew, West Bradley dates predominantly from the 14th and 15th centuries, but underwent extensive restoration in the 19th century.[8]

The parish Church of St Mary in Lottisham was built in 1876 by Sir T. G. Jackson. It is a Grade II* listed building.[9]

The Church of St Peter in Hornblotton was built in 1872–74 by Sir Thomas Graham Jackson, for the rector, Geoffrey Thring. It is a Grade I listed building,[10] and features one of the first electric clocks produced.


  1. ^ "West Bradley Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 212. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Shepton Mallet RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Court Barn (1175792)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Lottisham Manor (1308193)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Bradley House (1058794)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Andrew (1058795)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary (1058792)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 November 2006.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter (1058789)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 October 2008.

External links[edit]

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