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Somerset

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Somerset (/ˈsʌmərsɛt/ (About this soundlisten) or locally /zʌmərzɛt/; archaically, Somersetshire) is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west. It is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel, its coastline facing southeastern Wales. Its traditional border with Gloucestershire is the River Avon. Somerset's county town is Taunton.

Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills, the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. There is evidence of human occupation from Paleolithic times, and of subsequent settlement by the Celts, Romans and Anglo-Saxons. The county played a significant part in Alfred the Great's rise to power, and later the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion. The city of Bath is famous for its Georgian architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more...

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The view towards Brent Knoll from Glastonbury Tor
The geology of Somerset is varied. It has broad central plains with several ranges of low hills. The landscape divides into four main geological sections from the Silurian through the Devonian and Carboniferous to the Permian which influence the landscape, together with water-related features.

The low lying areas of the North Somerset Levels and Somerset Levels have been subject to thousands of years of flooding and man's attempts to control the flow of water. In the north of the county the Limestone of the Mendip Hills dominates the landscape, while in the south the Blackdown and Quantock Hills rise out of the levels. The highest areas are on Exmoor. The wide variety of landscapes has led to several areas being designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest for geological reasons, and support a range of flora and fauna as can be seen from the List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset


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Jill Dando
B. (1961-11-09)November 9, 1961 – d. April 26, 1999(1999-04-26) (aged 37)

Jill Dando was an English journalist and television presenter who worked for the BBC for more than fifteen years. When she was murdered in April 1999, the Metropolitan police mounted a high-profile hunt for her killer. The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London is named after her in recognition of her contribution to the fight against crime..


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Somerset(27 C, 7 P, 1 F)
Somerset-related lists(3 C, 31 P)
Bath, Somerset(16 C, 2 P)
Burials in Somerset(4 C, 21 P)
Crime in Somerset(1 C, 3 P)
Culture in Somerset(13 C, 19 P)
Economy of Somerset(5 C, 7 P)
Education in Somerset(8 C, 3 P)
Environment of Somerset(6 C, 15 P)
Geography of Somerset(12 C, 17 P)
Geology of Somerset(3 C, 46 P)
Health in Somerset(2 C, 14 P)
History of Somerset(26 C, 189 P)
Media in Somerset(4 C)
Music in Somerset(4 C, 3 P)
People from Somerset(24 C, 269 P)
Politics of Somerset(12 C, 21 P)
Religion in Somerset(3 C, 3 P)
Sport in Somerset(8 C, 19 P)
Transport in Somerset(12 C, 20 P)

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Chew Stoke
Co-ordinates 51°21′03″N 2°38′18″W / 51.3507°N 2.6383°W / 51.3507; -2.6383

Chew Stoke is a small village and civil parish in the Chew Valley, about 8 miles (13 km) south of Bristol. It is at the northern edge of the Mendip Hills, a region designated by the United Kingdom as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is within the Bristol/Bath green belt. The parish includes the hamlet of Breach Hill, which is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Chew Stoke itself.

Chew Stoke has a long history, as shown by the number and range of its heritage-listed buildings. The village is at the northern end of Chew Valley Lake, which was created in the 1950s, close to a dam, pumping station, sailing club, and fishing lodge. A tributary of the River Chew, which rises in Strode, runs through the village.

The population of 905 is served by one shop, two public houses, a primary school and a bowling club. Together with Chew Magna, it forms the ward of Chew Valley North in the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset. Chew Valley School and its associated leisure centre are less than a mile (1.6 km) from Chew Stoke. The village has some areas of light industry but is largely agricultural; many residents commute to nearby cities for employment.

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