Banwell is a village and civil parish on the River Banwell in the North Somerset district of Somerset, England. Its population was 2,919 according to the 2011 census.[1]

Human settlement in England

Banwell Castle

Location within Somerset
Population 2,919 [1]
OS grid reference ST398591
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BANWELL
Postcode district BS29
Dialling code 01934
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
UK Parliament

List of places


51.327°N 2.864°W / 51.327; -2.864

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Banwell Camp, east of the village, is a univallate hillfort which has yielded flint implements from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age.[2] It was also occupied in the Iron Age.[3] In the late 1950s it was excavated by J.W. Hunt of the Banwell Society of Archaeology.[4] It is surrounded by a 4 metres (13 ft) high bank and ditch.[5]

The remains of a Romano-British villa were discovered in 1968. It included a courtyard, wall and bath house close to the River Banwell. Artefacts from the site suggest it fell into disuse in the 4th century.[6]Earthworks from farm buildings, 420 metres (1,380 ft) south of Gout House Farm, occupied from the 11th to 14th centuries where archaeological remains suggest the site was first occupied in the Romano-British period. The raised area which was occupied by the Bower House was surrounded by a water filled ditch, part of which has since been incorporated into a rhyne.[7]

The parish was part of the WinterstokeHundred.[8]

Banwell Abbey was built as a bishops residence in the 14th and 15th century on the site of a monastic foundation. It was renovated in 1870 by Hans Price, and is now a Grade II* listed building.[9] Nearby is a small building presented to the village by Miss Elizabeth Fazakerly, who lived at The Abbey in 1887 to house a small fire-engine. It served as the fire station until the 1960s and now houses a small museum of memorabilia related to the fire station.[10]

“Beard’s Stone” in Cave’s Wood dates from 1842. It marks the reburial site of an ancient human skeleton found in a cave near Bishop’s Cottage. William Beard, an amateur archaeologist who had found the bones, had them reinterred and marked the site with the stone with a poetic inscription.[11]

Banwell Castle is a Victorian castle built in 1847 by John Dyer Sympson, a solicitor from London. Originally built as his home, it is now a hotel and restaurant and is a Grade II* listed building.[12]

Of the two historical village pumps standing in the village, one of them was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.[13]

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