The Parish of Ashwick is situated in the eastern area of the Mendip Hills, 4 miles north of Shepton Mallet, and 6 miles north-east of the Cathedral City of Wells. Ashwick Parish is one of dispersed settlements, with the village of Oakhill being the largest populated area. Smaller hamlets are at Benter and Neighborne and a small cluster of houses close to Ashwick church. The Parish also embraces part of the hamlet of Nettlebridge and part of the village of Gurney Slade.
There are many isolated farmsteads and today, farming is the major economic activity taking place in the Parish.
Ashwick is an ancient settlement dating back to the 9th century, but with much older connections. The Roman road, the Fosse Way, passes along the eastern boundary of the parish and to the west is Maesbury hill fort, a major Iron Age settlement.
The parish contains a network of thriving communities: churches, pubs, a school, farms, small businesses, and many people who choose to live in this beautiful part of the Somerset countryside and commute to nearby towns.
The Great War Remembered (Flower Festival 2014)
St Giles Church, Leigh on Mendip BA3 5QQ
Saturday 23rd August to Monday 25th August
Daily 11am to 4pm
Extensive Photographic Display showcasing life in Leigh on Mendip between 1890 and 1950, and refreshments in the Memorial Hall, Leigh on Mendip
Daily 11am to 4.30pm.
Flower display Mr Moon, the village Cobbler on his tricycle c1900s