Burrington, Somerset

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Burrington Church
Grid reference: ST479593
Location: 51°19’49"N, 2°44’50"W
Population: 464  (2011)
Post town: Bristol
Postcode: BS40
Dialling code: 01761
Local Government
Council: North Somerset

Burrington is a small village in Somerset, five miles north-east of Axbridge and about ten miles east of Weston-super-Mare. The parish includes the hamlets of Bourne and Rickford and had a recorded population of 464 in 2011. It is within the Brent-cum-Wrington Hundred.


Old Methodist chapel at Rickford

Burrington is believed to mean 'The villa and an enclosure' from the Old English bur, end and tun.[1]

In the 15th century the village was called Beryngton and was involved in lead mining.[2]

It is very close to Burrington Combe where there is evidence of occupation since Neolithic times, the Bronze Age and Roman periods.[3] There is also an Iron Age hillfort above the village known as Burrington Camp.

The 19th century Methodist chapel in Rickford is now a masonic lodge.[4] The gauging house over the brook in the village was also built in the late 19th century,[5] and restored in 2013.[6]

Parish church

The Church of the Holy Trinity is from the 15th century and was restored in 1884. It is a Grade I listed building.[7] It contains a stained-glass window, with the arms of the Capels of Langford Court. The tower contains a bell dating from 1713 and made by Edward Bilbie of the Bilbie family.[8]

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  1. Robinson, Stephen (1992). Somerset Place Names. Wimborne, Dorset: The Dovecote Press Ltd. ISBN 1-874336-03-2. 
  2. Gough, J.W. (1967). The mines of Mendip. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. 
  3. Mendip Hills An Archaeological Survey of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Somerset CC
  4. "Former Methodist Chapel now Masonic Lodge". English Heritage. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/Details/Default.aspx?id=33905. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  5. National Heritage List 1129181: Gauge House
  6. "Gauge House". Rickford Community Association. http://e-voice.org.uk/rickford/news/gauge-house-2/. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  7. National Heritage List 1129183: Church of Holy Trinity
  8. Moore, James; Rice, Roy; Hucker, Ernest (1995). Bilbie and the Chew Valley clock makers. The authors. ISBN 0-9526702-0-8.