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North East Somerset and BathChew Magna

Chew Magna, an ancient settlement dating from Saxon times, lies in the Chew Valley, 15 miles from Bath.

From 1062 to 1548, when the manor of Chew was held by the Bishops of Bath and Wells, the village was called Episcopi Chew or Bishop's Chew.

In the Middle Ages the village became a thriving woollen centre.  From around 1600 the settlement became known as Chew Magna, since it was the most important of a number of villages sited along the banks of the River Chew. 

In the 19th and 20th centuries the wool industry declined and today Chew Magna is a dormitory area for Bristol and Bath.

 The village has many listed buildings and was designated a conservation area in 1978. 

St Andrew's Church, dating from the 12th century, has a large 15th century sandstone tower.  Chew Court, next to the church, stands on the site of the Bishop's palace. 

To the south of the village is the Tun Bridge, dating from the 15th century.  This medieval structure, with three pointed arches, spans 60 ft over the River Chew.  The bridge is approached by one of the raised pavements that are a feature of Chew Magna. 

Located just on the northern edge of the Mendip Hills , an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chew Magna is also a tourist destination.  The creation of the Chew Valley Lake to the south of the village in the 1950s created further opportunities for tourism and leisure.   

Chew Valley Lake

Chew Valley, the 5th largest artificial lake in the UK, lies in the Chew Valley at the northern edge of the Mendip Hills.  Nearby are the villages of Chew Stoke and Chew Magna. 

The reservoir was created in the early 1950s to provide drinking water for Bristol and the surrounding area. 

Today the relatively shallow lake, surrounded by reed beds, is an extremely important area for wildlife and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA).  The lake is a prominent bird-watching site.  Over 260 types of birds have been recorded here including some rare species.

There are two nature trails and there are also two landscaped picnic areas, a cafe, information centre and shop. Activies allowed around the lake including dinghy sailing and fishing.     

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Towns near Chew Magna To Visit - straight line distance:

Chew Stoke Tourist Information (1.36 miles) Bristol Airport Tourist Information (4.28 miles) Keynsham Tourist Information (5.90 miles) Paulton Tourist Information (6.14 miles)

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