The first meeting of 2019 will take place in the Wedmore Masonic Hall, at 7.30pm.
The speaker will be Hazel Hudson, the well known Wedmore Historian, whose talk will be titled ‘Two Medieval Wedmore Farmsteads.’
Members free. Visitors £3, with free tea/coffee and biscuits.. Contact: Ian Tomes, 01934 710390.
The Isle of Wedmore Society – Report of the January Meeting The Society started off our new season as usual with a talk by the Wedmore Archivist Hazel Hudson entitled ‘Old Wedmore Farmsteads’ and as usual she attracted a full house of 40 people.
The first of the two houses she talked about was Northlode Farm (now spelt Northload) and this property which is situated in East Theale dates back from Saxon times and was originally managed by the Glastonbury Abbey Estate.
The rent was 30 salmon from the river Axe and 2 cesters of honey and they had to pay 10% of their income in taxes. Every manor in those days had a dovecote, a water mill, and a pound – the latter housed any stray animals. Later on, Northlode became an independent estate. The other property Hazel talked about was Pillham Farm, situated a mile to the west of Northlode and the name means a farmstead by a stream.
This ancient site with origins going back to the 11th Century was owned initially by Chamberlayneshames, a small estate within the Wedmore Parish. Farms in those days had numerous meadows (which slowly decreased in acreage over the years) plus Pillham had a dairy house and a cheese room.
The Grade II listed farm, which was originally thatched, has had many additions and alterations over the years. At one point the Green family leased the farm from an independent estate and the documentation had become very complicated. Ironically, one of our present members has lived at Pillham for many years. Another excellent start for 2019 for which we are very grateful to Hazel – we look forward to her next talk!