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Ubley Cross and church tower
Grid reference: ST529582
Location: 51°19’15"N, 2°40’31"W
Population: 331  (2011)
Post town: Bristol
Postcode: BS40
Dialling code: 01761
Local Government
Council: Bath & NE Somerset
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 parish is part of the Chewton Hundred.[1]

Parish church

The Church of St Bartholomew

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.[2] The church is a Grade I listed building.[3]


There is some evidence of a burial tumulus from neolithic times above Ubley.[4]

In a charter of King Edgar, between 959 and 975 the name of the village was recorded as Hubbanlege.[5]

Ubley is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Tumbeli, meaning 'The rolling meadow' from the Old English tumb and leah.[6] 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.[7]


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:


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.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Ubley)


  1. "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/SOM/Miscellaneous/. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  2. Nikolaus Pevsner: Pevsner Architectural Guides
  3. National Heritage List 1129654: Church of St Bartholomew
  4. "Mendip: An Archaeological Survey of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". Somerset County Council Archeological Projects. http://www.somerset.gov.uk/media/896B4/MendipAONB.pdf. Retrieved 28 October 2006. 
  5. Havinden, Michael. The Somerset Landscape. The making of the English landscape. London: Hodder and Stoughton. p. 85. ISBN 0-340-20116-9. 
  6. Robinson, Stephen (1992). Somerset Place Names. Wimborne, Dorset: The Dovecote Press Ltd. ISBN 1-874336-03-2. 
  7. Gough, J.W. (1967). The mines of Mendip. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. https://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B0000CNKWB.