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The village of Norton sub Hamdon and the adjacent hamlet of Little Norton lie some 40 metres above sea
level on the fertile land below the western slope of Ham Hill in the District of South Somerset. The land is
watered by Pill Brook which drops gently down to the River Parrett to the west of the 600 acre parish, and
the southern boundary is sheltered by Chiselborough Hill. To the north, a few fields away, lies the village of
Stoke sub Hamdon overlooking the Somerset Levels beyond.
Ham Hill, with its great Iron Age fort, has provided Hamstone for local building from ancient times. The warm
colour and valued working qualities of this renowned freestone have made the area one of striking
consistency and harmony, yet great variety. The surrounding pastoral landscape, with its numerous paths
and bridleways, is small in scale, rich in wild flora and fauna, ideal for walking, riding, cycling, and
exceptionally attractive to visitors and natural history enthusiasts.
Norton was long a self-sufficient it still retains isettlement with an important quarrying function, lying seven
miles from the town of Yeovil to the east and one mile from the Roman through route of Fosse Way. To this
day it still retains the essential community elements of church, primary school, shop, pub and village hall,
serving a well-balanced population of about 650 that has varied little in number for a century while
diversifying greatly in employment and improving dramatically in housing. The majority of earners now
commute elsewhere, as village industry has declined.
St Mary’s Church
The Lord Nelson
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