Shepton Beauchamp


I was very pleased to get the chance of a day in Shepton Beauchamp - this is the village where my grandmother (Lavinia Cornelius) was born and it is where quite a few of my ancestors lived.  Unfortunately I didn't have time to explore all of the village but did manage to take some photos of the cottages and houses in the roads around the church.  I have named them where possible, hopefully correctly - but am going from memory and Patricia Pearce's Book of Buildings.  I did call at Patricia's cottage and she is a lovely lady and was very helpful.... considering I had rudely turned up unannounced.  Also had lunch in the Duke of York - very nice pub 'n' grub.

Church Street

Church of England School.  Dated 1856 and now a Grade II listed building
(Many thanks to Sue Camsell for this photo)

Salisbury House is opposite the school and next to the churchyard, it is a Grade II listed building.  Originally built as the Church House and altered over the centuries.

Renamed Stephens in 1980, this was once called Tudor House and
The Institute (founded in 1877 by the Coles family to counterbalance
the attraction of the local pubs)

The Old Rectory, viewed from Church Street but I think it's address is Great Lane?
Built by R W Drew (of London) in 1873 for Canon V S S Coles and now divided into 2 dwellings.
The War Memorial was originally situated on that green but was later moved to the churchyard.


I am not sure where the Shambles starts and ends but it is the
junction of Great Lane, Church Street and North Street.

A W Rowswell and Sons - butchers.  I think the family have
had a shop here since the 1870s?

The Cressy (and to the right is part of Corner Cottage, once a shop)  The 1755 Manorial Map shows a large rectangular house here but it is now four dwellings.  This cottage is now Grade II listed, including the front garden area and railings.

The "new" Duke of York Inn.  The adjoining cottage was once called Chapmans after the family who lived there in the early 17th century.

Cottage opposite the Duke of York

Garrett Cottage, the pub is reflected in the window.

North Street

The cottage with the hanging baskets is "Rosedene", once the home of Samuel John Gummer and his wife, Susan Male
(thanks to Chris Gummer for this info)

"Hells Row Terrace" - apparently some argumentative folk once lived here, hence the nickname for this row of houses.

At one time a bakery, owned by Norman Hawkins - and now the business premises of his son's bakery software company.
(thanks again to Chris Gummer for this info)

St Michael's Cottage, another Grade II listed building.
Occupied over the years by the Quantocks, Hexts, Rowswells and Hawkins.


Lambrook Road

Looking down Lambrook Road from Love Lane junction

Love Lane

Looking up Love Lane towards North Street

Bobbins was once the old school house and was built in 1838.  The school closed in 1856 when they finished building the new church school.  After that it was used as a store, a butchers shop and a gloving factory.  Apparently lots of bobbins where found under the floorboards, hence the cottage name.

Pember Cottage, to the right is Blue Door Cottage

Pember Cottage garden


The cottages are (left to right) Homeleigh, no name, Lady Croft and The Old Thatch.
Homeleigh Cottage - was once a shop.
The Old Thatch - Grade II listed mediaeval cottage. Occupied over the years by the Salisbury, Naish and Cornelius families.
Directly opposite used to be Rose Cottage, which was demolished and the vacant lot is now part of the extended cemetery.

Village Web Site

Most of the information on these buildings has been taken from Patricia Pearce's book "Notes on Buildings and Monuments in Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset
(Many thanks Patricia, for all the wonderful research you have done, not just
on the buildings of Shepton Beauchamp, but also it's people)