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Street scene showing shops and houses with cars.
Wrington High Street
Wrington is located in Somerset
Location within Somerset
Population2,633 [1]
OS grid referenceST470628
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS40
Dialling code01934
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°21′40″N 2°45′47″W / 51.361°N 2.763°W / 51.361; -2.763Coordinates: 51°21′40″N 2°45′47″W / 51.361°N 2.763°W / 51.361; -2.763

Wrington is a village and a civil and ecclesiastical parish on the north slopes of the Mendip Hills in North Somerset, England. Both include nearby Redhill. Wrington lies in the valley of the Congresbury Yeo river, about 9 miles (14 km) east of Weston-super-Mare and 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Yatton. Its population of 2,633 at the 2011 Census[1] was estimated in 2019 to be 2,759.[2]


The village was inhabited in Roman times and there is evidence of Saxon occupation as well.[3] Historically it was part of the hundred of Brent-cum-Wrington.[4]

Wrington Cottage Hospital

Wrington Cottage Hospital opened in 1864, initially for 24 patients.[5] The first surgeon was Horace Swete, author of the Handy Book of Cottage Hospitals,[6] to which Florence Nightingale also referred in 1869.[7]

Wrington had a railway station between 1901 and 1963, on the Wrington Vale Light Railwaythat ran from Congresbury to Blagdon.


As a parish council, Wrington's sets an annual precept for operating costs and produces annual accounts for public scrutiny. It maintains and repairs parish facilities,[8] under the unitary authority of North Somerset, created in 1996 separately from today's non-metropolitan county and based at Weston-super-Mare. Before 1974 the parish belonged to Axbridge Rural District,[9] then in 1974–1996 to the Woodspring district of the county of Avon.[10]

An electoral ward bearing the same name includes Butcombe as well as Wrington. The ward population at the 2011 census was 2,851.[11] The parish is represented in Parliament by the North Somerset constituency, which elects one member by the first past the post system, currently Liam Fox of the Conservative Party.


The church of All Saints
The old rectory with the church in the background

The Church of All Saints has 13th-century foundations. It was remodelled with a west tower added about 1450. Restoration occurred in 1859 and restoration of the tower in 1948. Either side of the door stone are busts of John Locke and Hannah More from the early 19th century. The chancel has an 1832 Gothic reredos by Charles Barry. The rood screen is from the 16th century. The tall four-stage tower has set-back buttresses crowned by crocketed pinnacles at the top stage, which displays moulded string courses and a trefoil-pierced triangular parapet with gargoyles and corner pinnacles. The building is Grade I listed[12] as "one of the highest achievements of architectural genius".[13] It dates from 1420–1450.[14] The belfry stairs are in the south-east turret. The tower stands 113.5 feet (35 m) to the tip of its pinnacles.[15]

The 17th-century rectory is Grade II listed.[16]

The church's bells ring automatically. Until 2012, they did so every 15 minutes even through the night, but after a noise abatement order was served, it was reduced to hourly at night.[17][18]

Primary school[edit]

Wrington Primary School

The village primary school was opened on 1 May 1857.[19] Its premises are Grade II listed.[20]

Butcombe Brewery[edit]

A local institution is the Butcombe microbrewery, set up in nearby Butcombe in 1978 by Simon Whitmore, managing director of Courage Western, made redundant in a restructuring, and his wife Maureen. In 2003 the business was sold to Guy Newell and Paul Horsley and moved to a purpose-built brewery completed in March 2005 on an estate at Wrington.[21]

In the same year the brewery set up a joint venture with Thatcher's, a Long Ashton Cider Company, to produce a keg cider. Its 2008 output was 24,000 barrels a year through about 450 outlets.[22]

Notable residents[edit]

In birth order:


Wrington Redhill AFC plays at the recreation ground in Wrington. It has a first team, reserve team and A team. The 1st team plays in the Erra Somerset County League in the premier division, the reserve in Weston super Mare and District League Division 1, and A team in the W&D division 4. The club badge is a gold rampant dragon (wyvern), matching the emblem on the unofficial Flag of Somerset. The club colours are green and black.

Wrington has two senior cricket teams. The 1st XI is in the North Somerset Cricket League Saturday Division 1, the 2nd in Saturday Division 3. The club's limited overs team finished as runners-up in the league's Butcombe Brewery KO Cup. The club also has youth in the North Somerset Youth Cricket Leagues at the under 17, 15, 13 and 11 levels. The facilities and pitch have been improved in the last few years. Additionally, it now has two nets for training sessions for all ages and levels.


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