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Street scene showing shops and houses with cars.
Wrington High Street
Wrington is located in Somerset
Wrington shown within Somerset
Population 2,633 [1]
OS grid reference ST470628
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS40
Dialling code 01934
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
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Coordinates: 51°21′42″N 2°45′38″W / 51.3617°N 2.7606°W / 51.3617; -2.7606

Wrington is a village and both a civil and an ecclesiastical parish in North Somerset, England. It 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. It has a population of 2,633.[1] Both parishes include the nearby village of Redhill.


The village dates back to Roman times and there is strong evidence of Saxon occupation.[2]

Wrington was part of the hundred of Brent-cum-Wrington.[3]

Wrington cottage Hospital

Wrington cottage hospital opened in 1864 and had 24 patients admitted in its first year of operation.[4] The first surgeon was Horace Swete who wrote the Habdy Book of Cottage Hospitals.[5] It was also referred to by Florence Nightingale in 1869.[6]


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's role includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities.[7]

The parish falls within the unitary authority of North Somerset which was created in 1996, as established by the Local Government Act 1992. North Somerset's area covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters is in the town hall in Weston-super-Mare. Between 1 April 1974 and 1 April 1996, it was the Woodspring district of the county of Avon.[8] Before 1974 the parish was part of the Axbridge Rural District.[9]

An electoral ward exists with the same name. The ward includes Butcombe in addition to the area covered by the parish. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 2,851.[10]

The parish is represented in the House of Commons as part of the North Somerset county constituency which was created from the Woodspring constituency for the 2010 General Election. It is also part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.


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

The church of All Saints has 13th-century foundations, and was remodelled with the addition of a west tower around 1450; it was restored in 1859 with further restoration to the tower in 1948. It includes stone busts to John Locke and Hannah More dating from the early 19th century on either side of the door. The chancel has Gothic reredos by Charles Barry dating from 1832. The rood screen is from the 16th century. It has a tall four-stage tower with set-back buttresses which develop into crocketted pinnacles at the top stage. The top displays moulded string courses and a trefoil pierced triangular parapet with gargoyles and corner pinnacles. It is Grade I listed.[11] According to Freeman it is "one of the "highest achievements of architectural genius".[12] Wickham it dates from the period 1420 to 1450.[13] The belfry stair is in the south-east turret. The height of the tower is 113.5 feet (35 m) to the top of the pinnacles.[14]

The 17th-century rectory is Grade II listed.[15]

The church's bells ring automatically. Until 2012, this took place every 15 minutes, including throughout the night. However, following the serving of a noise abatement order, the church has now had to reduce the frequency, and the bells now chime hourly during the night instead.[16][17]

Primary school[edit]

Wrington Primary School

The village primary school was opened on 1 May 1857 [18] and is Grade II listed.[19]

Butcombe Brewery[edit]

A major institution in the local economy is the Butcombe Brewery, a microbrewery set up in the nearby village of Butcombe in 1978 by Simon Whitmore, the 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 an industrial estate at Wrington,[20] to be housed in a purpose-built brewery completed in March 2005; in the same year the brewery set up a joint venture with Thatcher's, the Long Ashton Cider Company, producing a keg cider. In 2008 production was 24,000 barrels a year and direct outlet numbers were about 450.[21]

Notable residents[edit]

In birth order:

Football Club[edit]

Wrington Redhill AFC plays at the recreation ground in Wrington. The club operates a 1st team, a reserve team and an A team. The 1st team plays in the Erra Somerset County League in the premier division. The reserve team plays 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), the same as the emblem on the unofficial Flag of Somerset. The club colours are green and black.

Wrington Cricket Club[edit]

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


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