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Rowberrow is located in Somerset
Rowberrow shown within Somerset
OS grid reference ST450582
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Winscombe
Postcode district BS25
Dialling code 01934
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
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51°19′12″N 2°47′19″W / 51.3201°N 2.7886°W / 51.3201; -2.7886Coordinates: 51°19′12″N 2°47′19″W / 51.3201°N 2.7886°W / 51.3201; -2.7886
The Swan at Rowberrow

Rowberrow is a small village, within the parish of Shipham, near Churchill and Shipham in Somerset, England.

Rowberrow is close to the Dolebury Warren iron age hill fort.

It is the site of a Bronze Age barrow approximately 20 metres (66 ft) in diameter, which was excavated in 1813,[1] and is believed to have given the village its name as Rowbarrow means 'rough hill' or 'barrow'.[2]

The parish was part of the Winterstoke Hundred.[3]

It was formerly a mining parish producing calamine.[4]


Rowberrow Church

The parish Church of St Michael and All Angels dates from the late 14th century, however the nave, chancel and south porch were rebuilt in 1865. It is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

The author Terry Pratchett lived in Rowberrow from 1970 to 1993.[6][7][8]

The author and cat lover Doreen Tovey lived in Rowberrow from the early fifties until her death in 2008. By the end of 2014, her white cottage down in the valley was demolished to make place for new housing.


  1. ^ Adkins, Lesley and Roy (1992). A Field Guide to Somerset Archaeology. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. pp. 100–101. ISBN 0-946159-94-7. 
  2. ^ "Autumn newsletter 2007" (PDF). Mendip Hills AONB. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 November 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Atthill, Robin (1976). Mendip: A new study. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-7297-1. 
  5. ^ "Church of St Michael and All Angels". Images of England. Retrieved 17 July 2006. 
  6. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy". Visit Somerset. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pratchett in TV talk on Alzheimer's". This is Somerset. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Terry Pratchett". The Looking Glass Book Reviews. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rowberrow at Wikimedia Commons