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Burrow Mump

Burrow Mump

Burrow Mump is a natural hill and historic site overlooking Southlake Moor in the village of Burrowbridge in Taunton Deane, Somerset.   It is a natural 80ft high hill of Triassic sandstone capped by Keuper marl standing at a strategic point where the River Tone and the old course of the River Cary join the River Parrett.

Archeological surveys have shown some Roman material and three medieval pits.  It is likely that it was a Norman motte with a terraced track which spirals around the hill to reach it.  It probably served as a natural outwork to the defended royal island of Athelney at the end of the 9th century.  Excavations have also shown evidence of a 12th century masonry building on the top of the hill. The first recorded writing mentioning this site is from William Worcester in about 1480 when he referred to it as Myghell-borough.  A medieval church dedicated to St Michael, belonging to the Athelney Abbey, dates from at least the mid 15th century.  This formed a sanctuary for royalist troops in 1642 and 1645 during the English Civil War, and a detachment of the king's army occupied it in 1685 during the course of the Monmouth Rebellion.

In 1793, the church was rebuilt with a west tower, 3-bay nave and south porch, in squared and coursed lias stone with red brick and Ham stone dressings.   The ruined church is one of the churches dedicated to St. Michael that falls on a ley line proposed by John Michell.  Other connected St. Michael Churches on the ley line include churches built at Othery and Glastonbury Tor.


Burrow Mump from foot of the hill photo by Julie Workman

 


church ruins on top of hill photograph by Julie Workman 



Burrow Mump from from Burrow Drove
images by Jerry Mitchell
from top of Mump looking towards Glastonbury Tor