Heritage days highlight village’s hidden gems

13:00 29 September 2013

Heritage walks in Barrow Gurney throughout October.

Heritage walks in Barrow Gurney throughout October.


FOUR heritage days are being held in Barrow Gurney to show off the sights 
in the picturesque village.

Barrow Gurney Parish Council is running four open days every Sunday in October and is encouraging people to walk around the traffic-free village to find out more about its history and architecture.

Barrow Street, which is normally bustling with traffic, is currently closed while Bristol Water carries out renovation work.

The parish council has decided to take advantage of the road closure and hold heritage days to show off the village’s 
distinctive features.

District councillor for Barrow Gurney, Geoff Coombs, said: “It’s the first time for a generation that we’ve been able to really enjoy the character of the village, so I would recommend people to take the opportunity.

“The events are based on Sundays because that’s the day when the work stops.

“In the 1950s, Barrow Gurney was considered to be one of the prettiest villages in England. We’ve come along way since then and the traffic is a lot to blame.”

The parish council has come up with a guide for people to explore the village on foot, as well as some questions to answer along the way.

Visitors will be able to see the historic Barrow Mill with its associated pond and stream which runs along Barrow Street.

The Chapel of Ease is also on the list of places to see along with what is considered to be the most important group of listed cottages in North Somerset - Long House, Compton Mead Cottage and Spring Head Farm. The tour ends at the Princes Motto pub, which was opened for the workers constructing the reservoir in 1840.

Parish council chairman Eric Gates said: “The current road closure provides a unique opportunity to walk along Barrow Street and enjoy the architecture and setting of the village of Barrow Gurney.

“The distinguishing features of the village are its setting, in a close valley with the stream running through it, and the coherence of much of the architecture, which is the work of the Gibbs family, who rebuilt many of the buildings in arts and crafts movement style between 1880 and 1920.”

Copies of the walking guide to the 
village are available from the phone box 
or from the parish council website at 

Answers to the questions on the walk are available from the Princes Motto.


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