St Michael's Church, Penselwood
Penselwood is a village and parish in eastern Somerset adjacent to the borders with Dorset and Wiltshire. It is located four miles north-east of Wincanton, four miles south-east of Bruton, four miles west of Mere, and file miles north-west of Gillingham. The south-east of the parish borders Zeals and Stourhead in Wiltshire, and Bourton in Dorset. The parish of Penselwood forms part of the Norton Ferris Hundred.
The mediæval form of the name was "Penn in Selwood", where pen (Brittonic for "head") probably referred to a hill and Selwood was the Selwood Forest which once surrounded the area. Ford associated nearby Ilchester with the Cair Pensa vel Coyt  listed among the 28 cities of Britain by the History of the Britons on the basis that it should be read as an Old Welsh form of 'Penselwood' (coit being Welsh for "forest"), although others view it as three separate words: Pensa or Coyt. Bishop Ussher believed the listing referred to Exeter instead.
A couple of miles north of the village amidst the trees is the remains Kenwalch's Castle, an Iron Age hill fort which may be the location of the Battle of Peonnum in 658, mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. The English also made a stand here against the Viking invader Cnut the Great in 1016.
Pen Pits quern quarries north of Combe Bottom are a series of bowl shaped pits which were used as stone quarries during the Iron Age, Romano-British and Middle Ages.
Penselwood is the setting for James Long's books, Ferney and its sequel, "The Lives She Left Behind", both of which mention many of the historical events that took place in or near the village.
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