Temple Cloud

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Temple Cloud
The Temple Inn, Temple Cloud - geograph.org.uk - 126724.jpg
The Temple Inn
Temple Cloud is located in Somerset
Temple Cloud
Temple Cloud
Location within Somerset
Populationapprox. 1,000
OS grid referenceST621580
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS39
Dialling code01761
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°19′11″N 2°32′36″W / 51.3197°N 2.5432°W / 51.3197; -2.5432Coordinates: 51°19′11″N 2°32′36″W / 51.3197°N 2.5432°W / 51.3197; -2.5432

Temple Cloud (grid reference ST621580) is a village on the eastern edge of the Chew Valley in Somerset on the A37. It is in the civil parish of Temple Cloud with Cameley and in the council area of Bath and North East Somerset. It is 11 miles (18 km) from Bristol, Bath and Wells. The nearest town is Midsomer Norton 5 miles (8 km) away. The villages of Cameley, Clutton and High Littleton are nearby.

The Temple in the place name possibly relates to the Knights Templar who held the manors of Cameley and Cloud around 1200.[1] Cloud is thought to come from the personal name Cloda.[2] It has been suggested that Cloud derives from the Old English ‘clud’ meaning rocky outcrop (the neighbouring village Clutton has the same derivation).

There were several coal mines in and around the village as a part of the Somerset coalfield, but these have all since closed.

Government and politics[edit]

Temple Cloud is part of the Mendip Ward, which is represented by one councillor on the Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, which has responsibilities for services such as education, refuse, tourism etc. Mendip ward stretches from Temple Cloud to East Harptree. The total population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was 2,683.[3]

The village is a part of the North East Somerset constituency and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament.


According to the 2001 Census, the Mendip Ward (which includes West Harptree and Hinton Blewett), had 1,465 residents, living in 548 households, with an average age of 39.0 years. Of these 79% of residents describing their health as 'good', 22% of 16- to 74-year-olds had no qualifications; and the area had an unemployment rate of 1.5% of all economically active people aged 16–74. In the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004, it was ranked at 25,387 out of 32,482 wards in England, where 1 was the most deprived LSOA and 32,482 the least deprived.[1]


Temple Cloud is included in the Anglican parish of Clutton with Cameley.[4]
Its church is located in the centre of the village; built in the 1920s, it was dedicated to St Barnabas in 1926.[5]

Notable buildings[edit]

Temple Cloud has a number of buildings that are listed for their historical or heritage value, including the Temple Inn.

The Old Court is a Grade II listed former magistrates' court house with police cells, built in 1857 in baronial style.


  1. ^ This is not confirmed and there are several theories about the derivation of the name. it has been suggested that there may have been a roman temple in the area. Faith, Juliet (2009). The Knights Templar in Somerset. The History Press. pp. 59–86. ISBN 9780752452562.
  2. ^ Robinson, Stephen (1992). Somerset Place Names. Wimborne, Dorset: The Dovecote Press Ltd. ISBN 1-874336-03-2.
  3. ^ "Mendip ward 2011". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Parish of Clutton with Cameley - St Barnabas". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  5. ^ "A Church Near you - St Barnabas". Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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