Brompton Regis

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Brompton Regis (formerly known as Kingsbrompton) is a village and civil parish in the West Somerset district of Somerset, England about north-east of Dulverton. It is situated on the River Haddeo in the Brendon Hills within the Exmoor National Park, close to Wimbleball Lake, a water supply reservoir constructed in the 1970s and completed in 1979. According to the 2001 census the village had a population of 439.The parish boundary is marked by the River Exe which is crossed by the medieval Chilly Bridge

The parish includes the village of Withiel Florey, where the Church of St Mary Magdalene has 12th-century origins and has been designated as a Grade II* listed building, and the hamlets of Bury and Gupworthy.

History

Before the Norman Conquest the manor was held by Gytha Thorkelsdóttir and was seized by William the Conquerer. By the later 12th century it had been granted to William de Say, who founded Barlynch Priory in the west of the parish. In the 13th century it passed to the Besil family who had a Motte and Bailey castle near Bury.

Gupworthy was the terminus of the West Somerset Mineral Railway which ran from the ironstone mines in the Brendon Hills to the port of Watchet on the Bristol Channel.<ref......
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