High Ham
& Low Ham VillagesGlastonbury
Nr Langport
Somerset TA10 9DQ
 

 

The little village of High Ham has lovely panoramic views over the Somerset Levels. A walk down Mill Road will bring you to the unique Stembridge Tower Mill.

High Ham
Set on a low hill is the little village of High Ham. The Village Green, mentioned in 1265, is surrounded by tall trees and heritage listed buildings. There is a particularly fine Elizabethan schoolhouse.
 
The area was settled in Roman times and High Ham was the principal Saxon settlement in the area.
 
Church of St Andrew
On the north side of the green is the Parish Church of St Andrew. Originally built in the 12th century on fairly simple lines, it has a squat tower.
 
In the 14th century the church was extended and remodelled in quite a grandiose fashion. The soaring nave includes a clerestory and a timbered roof. There are quite a few remnants of the 12th century building and the pedestal font dates from this time. The outside of the church is decorated with carved sculptures in Ham stone.
 
Principally an agricultural area, limestone quarrying and brick making was conducted during the 18th century. The whole area including Low Ham reflects this history.
 
Low Ham
Near High Ham is the hamlet of Low Ham. South-east of the village, a Roman villa (c.200 AD) was discovered. Upon excavation, a superb mosaic was found.
 
Unusual Mosaic Floor
The mosaic was unusual in that it was complete and depicted a narrative tale. It is now in the Somerset County Museum in Taunton - go to Web: The Museum of Somerset    External Link
 
Also at Low Ham is The Church in the Field - this is a 17th century church 'without dedication to any Saint'. It is a Grade 1 Listed Building.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Booking.com here:    External Link

 

 
Traction Engine Spectacular
For three days in July, Low Ham is a hive of activity with the Somerset Steam & Country Show. Steam Traction Engines congregate and provide a fascinating insight into agricultural farming methods as practiced in the early 20th century. If you have never been to a Steam Traction Engine extravaganza then it is time that you went.
 
This is a fabulous day out for all the family.
 
For full details go to  Web:  Somerset Steam & Country Show    External Link
 
Getting There
-By Car
From Bristol & Bath: Take the A38 (south) from the M5 motorway (south) Junction 23 and then the A372 towards Podimore. Follow the signs on the A372 to High Ham.
 
From London via M3: Take exit 8 (restricted Junction – exit only to A303). Follow the A303 passing Andover, Amesbury and Wincanton, past Cadbury Castle and as far as Podimore. Follow the signs on the A372 to Low Ham.
 
Google Map - High Ham and Low Ham