Early Christian Settlement and Monastic Site at Marchey Farm


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Iron Age

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Somerset County Council

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Mendip District Council



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SJ480480 (347958, 146230)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.2124, -2.74514

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The field to the south-east of Marchey Farm [see ST 44 NE 47] has an early Christian monastic enclosure, a rectangular earthwork being identified as a chapel, probably dedicated to St. Martin. The site appears to overlie a Roman settlement, and was itself succeeded by fisheries belonging to Glastonbury Abbey, established by 1189; the land was farmed in the 17th century. The site is located between the Lower River Axe to the west and Marchey Rhyne to the east, on higher ground formerly known as Martinsey or St. Martin's Island prior to modern drainage activity.

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