History and Place Somerset: Montacute

Montacute is an ancient village adjoining Ham Hill whose golden stone makes the medieval and later buildings blend harmoniously together. In the early middle ages a borough was created and the layout of the village shows evidence of deliberate planning. Best known for Montacute House, the 16th-century mansion of the Phelips's, now in the care of the National Trust, there are other treasures here including a magnificent church, the remains of a medieval priory, the Borough, a street of Georgian cottages, and an 18th-century tower on the site of the Norman castle on Montacute Hill.

For more on the history of Montacute see the Victoria County History, Somerset III.

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