Ubley Cross and church tower
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|North East Somerset|
Ubley is a small village within the Chew Valley in Somerset about eight miles south of Bristol and ten miles from Bath. It is just south-east of Blagdon Lake on the A368 between Compton Martin and Blagdon.
The village has a small mediæval church, the Church of St Bartholomew originating from the 13th century with later additions. The church has no fixed pews. Features include a Jacobean pulpit and a chained copy of the 'Paraphrases of Erasmus' dated 1552. The church is a Grade I listed building.
There is some evidence of a burial tumulus from neolithic times above Ubley.
In a charter of King Edgar, between 959 and 975 the name of the village was recorded as Hubbanlege.
Ubley is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Tumbeli, meaning 'The rolling meadow' from the Old English tumb and leah. An alternative explanation is that it comes from Ubba's leah or clearing in the woodland.
Mining for ochre and manganese took place during the 19th century.
The village lies under the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills within the Chew Valley about 8 miles south of Bristol and 10 miles from Bath. It is just south-east of Blagdon Lake and between Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley Lake.
About the village
There are four Grade II listed buildings in the village:
- National Heritage List 1320718: Mendip View
- National Heritage List 1129653: Methodist Church
- National Heritage List 1320717: The Manor House
- National Heritage List 1129655: K6 Telephone Kiosk
The modern village hall is the venue for Rainbow Guides on a Monday during term time as well as the monthly Ubley Publey and annual Chew Valley Beer Festival.
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