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A BRIEF HISTORY

 

 

East Huntspill is a village and civil
parish on the Huntspill Levels, near
Highbridge,Somerset, West of
England. The civil parish of East
Huntspill includes Cote, Hackness
and Bason Bridge.

The parish of East Huntspill has a population of 1,179.
 
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The first mention of Huntspill is around 796 AD, when the area was granted to Glastonbury Abbey by Aethelmund, a nobleman under King Offa of Mercia.

Huntspill was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Honspil, meaning 'Huna's creek' possibly from the Old English personal name Huna and from the Celtic pwll. An alternative origin is from Hun's Pill in Old English, meaning a port on a tidal inlet, or pill, belonging to a Saxon lord, or hun.

The parish of Huntspill was part of the Huntspill and Puriton Hundred.

The mouth of the River Brue had an extensive harbour in Roman and Saxon times, before silting up in the medieval period.


 

 


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