|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South West England|
|Admin HQ||Shepton Mallet|
|Created||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district|
|• Leader||Ros Wyke|
|• Council||Liberal Democrats|
|• MPs:||James Heappey (Conservative), David Warburton (Cons)|
|• Total||285.50 sq mi (739.44 km2)|
|• Total||115,587 (Ranked 205th)|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
Mendip is a local government district of Somerset in England. The district covers a largely rural area of 285 square miles (738 km2) with a population of approximately 112,500, ranging from the Wiltshire border in the east to part of the Somerset Levels in the west. The district takes its name from the Mendip Hills which lie in its northwest. The administrative centre of the district is Shepton Mallet but the largest town (three times larger than Shepton Mallet) is Frome.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal boroughs of Glastonbury and Wells, along with Frome, Shepton Mallet, Street urban districts, and Frome Rural District, Shepton Mallet Rural District, Wells Rural District, part of Axbridge Rural District and part of Clutton Rural District.
Several explanations for the name Mendip have been suggested. Its earliest known form is Mendepe in 1185. One suggestion is that it is derived from the medieval term Myne-deepes.However, A D Mills derives its meaning from Celtic monith, meaning mountain or hill, with an uncertain second element, perhaps Old English yppe in the sense of upland, or plateau.
An alternative explanation is that the name is cognate with Mened (Welsh mynydd), a Brythonic term for upland moorland. The suffix may be a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon hop, meaning a valley. Possible further meanings have been identified. The first is 'the stone pit' from the Celtic meyn and dyppa in reference to the collapsed cave systems of Cheddar. The second is 'Mighty and Awesome' from the Old English moen and deop.
The district falls under the jurisdiction of Mendip District Council. As of the 2019 Local elections, the Council went to No Overall Control.
Since then, two independents have joined the Liberal Democrats, giving them 24 seats and an outright majority on Mendip District Council.
The five main settlements in Mendip are:
Frome, Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet are the only towns in the district, as Wells has city status and Street has maintained its status as a village despite a population in excess of 11,000.
Other villages and hamlets include:
|Image||Name||Status||Population||Former local authority||Coordinates||Refs|
|Ashwick||Civil parish||1,352||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Baltonsborough||Civil parish||864||Wells Rural District|
|Batcombe||Civil parish||439||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Beckington||Civil parish||983||Frome Rural District|
|Berkley||Civil parish||344||Frome Rural District|
|Binegar||Civil parish||313||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Buckland Dinham||Civil parish||381||Frome Rural District|
|Butleigh||Civil parish||823||Wells Rural District|
|Chewton Mendip||Civil parish||585||Wells Rural District|
|Chilcompton||Civil parish||2,062||Clutton Rural District|
|Coleford||Civil parish||2,313||Frome Rural District|
|Cranmore||Civil parish||667||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Croscombe||Civil parish||603||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Ditcheat||Civil parish||725||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Doulting||Civil parish||618||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|East Pennard||Civil parish||348||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Emborough||Civil parish||148||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Evercreech||Civil parish||2,334||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Frome||Town||26,203|| Frome Rural District |
Frome Urban District
|Glastonbury||Town||8,932||Glastonbury Municipal Borough|
|Godney||Civil parish||237||Wells Rural District|
|Great Elm||Civil parish||171||Frome Rural District|
|Hemington||Civil parish||640||Frome Rural District|
|Holcombe||Civil parish||947||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Kilmersdon||Civil parish||541||Frome Rural District|
|Lamyatt||Civil parish||183||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Leigh-on-Mendip||Civil parish||514||Frome Rural District|
|Litton||Civil parish||240||Clutton Rural District|
|Lullington||Civil parish||162||Frome Rural District|
|Lydford-on-Fosse||Civil parish||511||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Meare||Civil parish||1,304||Wells Rural District|
|Mells||Civil parish||638||Frome Rural District|
|North Wootton||Civil parish||317||Wells Rural District|
|Norton St Philip||Civil Parish||858||Frome Rural District|
|Nunney||Civil parish||844||Frome Rural District|
|Pilton||Civil parish||998||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Priddy||Civil parish||624||Wells Rural District|
|Pylle||Civil parish||160||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Rode||Civil parish||1,025||Frome Rural District|
|Rodney Stoke||Civil parish||1,326||Wells Rural District|
|–||Selwood||Civil parish||798||Frome Rural District|
|Sharpham||Civil parish||130||Wells Rural District|
|Shepton Mallet||Town||10,369||Shepton Mallet Urban District|
|St Cuthbert Out||Civil parish||3,749||Wells Rural District|
|Stoke St Michael||Civil parish||926||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Ston Easton||Civil parish||550||Clutton Rural District|
|Stratton on the Fosse||Civil parish||1,108||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|Street||Civil parish||11,805||Street Urban District|
|Tellisford||Civil parish||182||Frome Rural District|
|Trudoxhill||Civil parish||423||Frome Rural District|
|Upton Noble||Civil parish||128||Frome Rural District|
|Walton||Civil parish||1,106||Wells Rural District|
|Wanstrow||Civil parish||489||Frome Rural District|
|Wells||City||10,536||Wells Municipal Borough|
|West Bradley||Civil parish||277||Shepton Mallet Rural District|
|West Pennard||Civil parish||670||Wells Rural District|
|Westbury||Civil parish||801||Wells Rural District|
|Whatley||Civil parish||245||Frome Rural District|
|Witham Friary||Civil parish||399||Frome Rural District|
|Wookey||Civil parish||1,311||Wells Rural District|
served by the East Somerset Railway.
County schools (those which are not independent) in the five non-metropolitan districts of the county are operated by Somerset County Council.
For a full list of schools see: List of schools in Somerset
Pilton is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated on the A361 road in the Mendip district, 3 miles (5 km) south-west of Shepton Mallet and 6 miles (10 km) east of Glastonbury. The village has a population of 998. The parish includes the hamlets of West Compton, East Compton, Westholme, Beardly Batch and Cannards Grave.
Butleigh is a small village and civil parish, located in Somerset. The nearest village to it is Barton St David, and it is located a short distance from Glastonbury and Street. Its population is 823. Butleigh has a church, small village shop, a Church of England primary school and Butleigh Nursery School.
Witham Friary is a small English village and civil parish located between the towns of Frome and Bruton in the county of Somerset. It is in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the ancient Forest of Selwood.
Stratton-on-the-Fosse is a village and civil parish located on the edge of the Mendip Hills, 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Westfield, 6 miles (10 km) north-east of Shepton Mallet, and 9 miles (14 km) from Frome, in Somerset, England. It has a population of 1,108, and has a rural agricultural landscape, although it was part of the once-thriving Somerset coalfield. Within the boundaries of the parish are the hamlets of Benter and Nettlebridge.
Cranmore is a village and civil parish east of Shepton Mallet, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the hamlets of Waterlip, East Cranmore and Dean.
Ditcheat is a village and civil parish 4.5 miles (7 km) south of Shepton Mallet, and 2.5 miles (4 km) north-west of Castle Cary, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish of Ditcheat incorporates three hamlets: Wraxall, Alhampton and Sutton.
East Pennard is a village and civil parish 4 miles (6.4 km) north west of Castle Cary, and 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Shepton Mallet, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. It has a population of 348. The parish includes the hamlets of Stone, Parbrook and Huxham.
Emborough is a village and civil parish 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Shepton Mallet, and 5 miles (8.0 km) north east of Wells, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. It adjoins the parish of Ston Easton. It is situated on the B3139 between Radstock and Wells, just off the A37 road.
Lamyatt is a village and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. It lies 5 miles (8 km) south east of Shepton Mallet, 2 miles (3 km) north east of Castle Cary, and 3 miles (5 km) south of Evercreech. The parish has a population of 183.
Lydford-on-Fosse is a village and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the village of West Lydford and hamlet of East Lydford.
North Wootton is a village and civil parish, on the River Redlake, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south east of Wells, and 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south west of Shepton Mallet in the Mendip district of Somerset, England.
Pylle is a village and civil parish 4 miles (6.4 km) south west of Shepton Mallet, and 7 miles (11.3 km) from Wells, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. It has a population of 160. The parish includes the hamlet of Street on the Fosse.
Stoke St Michael is a village and civil parish on the Mendip Hills 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Shepton Mallet, and 8 miles (12.9 km) west of Frome, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England.
West Bradley is a village and civil parish 4 miles south-east of Glastonbury in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the hamlets of Hornblotton and Lottisham.
West Pennard is a village and civil parish east of Glastonbury, situated at the foot of Pennard Hill, in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the hamlets of Coxbridge and Woodlands.
Shepton Mallet was a rural district in Somerset, England, from 1894 to 1974.
Leigh-on-Mendip or Leigh upon Mendip is a small village on the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England. It lies roughly equidistant from Frome, Radstock and Shepton Mallet at about 5 miles (8 km) from each town.
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