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St Mary, Emborough, Somerset

(51°15′37″N, 2°33′16″W)
ST 614 514
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
31st August 2007

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The Mendip hamlet of Emborough (‘Emborrow’ on old maps) lies about 5 miles NE of Wells, Somerset. The site is high up at about 200m OD, on a gentle slope down towards the north which pulls the prospect in that direction, the view south being obscured by the rise of the hill. It rests on Jurassic geology comprising Mudstone and Limestone with some Chert (the last specifically under the church). The hamlet lies along a secondary but busy road which runs SW-NE along the eastern plateau of the Mendip Hills. The village is only about 3 miles from the former Fosse Way, and so however sequestered Emborough might now seem, it has not been isolated from the broader world throughout its history. The church lies within an angle of the secondary road to Chewton Mendip. It shows alterations of several periods, with a Gothic revival remodelling c. 1800 (Pevsner). The church is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, who call it the church of St Mary the Virgin. There is a plain font.


In DB, Emborough ('Amelberge') belonged to the Bishop of Coutances, and was held from the bishop by Robert; two thegns held it before 1066.





The font's plain style suggests that it was probably made well before c.1200.

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications of England’s Patron Saints, III (London, 1899), p. 117.

Historic England listing 1177590

M. McDermott. Church of St Mary the Virgin, Emborough, Somerset. Churches Conservation Trust, Series 4, no. 87 (1998), online at https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/static/uploaded/40d88b41-cd60-433a-8fc2124170eb0fca.pdf

'Text of the Somerset Domesday: Part 1', in A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 1, ed. W. Page (London, 1906), pp. 479-526. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/som/vol1/pp479-526 [accessed 2 December 2022], 239.

  1. N. Pevsner,The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol (Harmondsworth, 1958), p. 189.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 21899. Online at http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/her/text.asp