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The Parish of High Ham is in Somerset, England. Within the three villages of High Ham are the three villages of Henley, High Ham and Low Ham. The Parish also encompasses Picts Hill, Union Drove, Wagg Drove, Paradise and Beer.


 History / Description   

High Ham, recorded in Domesday Book (1086) as Hame meaning ‘home’ from the Old English ham. Sits on an elevated peninsular 280 feet above sea level, with panoramic views across the Levels. In times past it was an island rising from the surrounding marshes. Today the parish includes the hamlets of Low Ham and Henley.

High Ham boasts a fine village green surrounded by majestic trees and a fine group of listed buildings including an Elizabethan schoolhouse. The light and airy church of St Andrew lies to the side of the green and is an impressive building, indeed quite grand for such a small village. Other than the lower part of the tower the records of an Elizabethan incumbent, Adrian Schell, state that the church was completely rebuilt in one year – 1476. It is a very good example of Somerset Perpendicular style in its final stage of development.

The church at Low Ham, standing isolated in a field next to a farm, appears to be an example of standard Somerset Perpendicular. It was, however, built from 1623 to 1669 and is a rare example of early Gothic Revival (or late Gothic Survival - depending on your architectural interpretation!).

St Andrew The Church at Low Ham Thatched Windmill
     
   

 

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