Montacute is a small village in Somerset. It is found 4 miles outside of Yeovil. The population of Montacute at the last census was 831.

Montacute has a long period of human inhabitation. Just outside of the village is an old Iron Age hill fort known as Ham Hill. It was inhabited for a brief period by the Romans too, although it fell into disrepair when the Romans moved to nearby villages, although the Fosse Way Roman road can still be found near the village, as well as an old Roman Villa.

Montacute House- Montacute village

Montacute House- Montacute village

It is the country park that Ham Hill is located in which attracts a wave of tourists to Montacute each year. The other main tourist attraction is that of Montacute House, which is an old Elizabethan house currently owned by the National Trust.

The main religious site in Montacute is the Church of St. Catherine which can be dated back to the 12th Century, although it has gone through several renovations over the years, notably during the 12th and the 19th Centuries. There are several monuments in the church which highlight old owners of the land that Montacute lies on.

The second religious site is that of Montacute Priory, although barely any of that building remains since it fell during the reformation. The only remaining parts of Montacute Priority are ‘Monk’s House’ which dates back to the 15th Century and is now a private residence, and the Abbey Gatehouse, also a private residence.

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St. Michael’s Hill used to be home to another chapel, although none of it now remains. Instead, at some point in the 18th Century it was demolished and replaced with the current tower that sits upon St. Michael’s Hill.

There is another church which is said to have existed in Montacute, and it is somewhat of a legend among residents of the village. It is said that it

St. Catherine’s Church, Montacute

St. Catherine’s Church, Montacute

stood in the same place that the Church of St. Catherine currently stands, but it was completely destroyed by fire. The only evidence that indicates that this church may have existed is the fact that some of the buildings in the area were constructed using burned stonework.

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