Tom Killen Mendip District Councillor for Chewton Mendip & Ston Easton
Tom KillenMendip District Councillor for Chewton Mendip & Ston Easton

Priddy

Priddy is one of the largest Parishes in the Mendip District extending to approximately 19 square miles all of which is within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a scattered population of 624. The village itself is 4 miles north of Wells.

 

The Parish is at an elevation of nearly 1000 feet above sea level rising to the summit of Blackdown which is the highest point in the District. Across the PArish, there are significant cave systems in the limestone as well as evidence of lead mining and occupation since neolithic times.

 

The village has a strong and vibrant community and plays host to the annual Folk Festival and Sheep Fair. The church sits on a hill overlooking the village and dates from the 13th century whilst, at Charterhouse, there is the delightful Church of St Hugh which was built in 1908.

 

Being very rural in nature, the main economic activities are farming and tourism with many thousands visiting the area for recreational purposes and caving in particular. Within Priddy, there are two public houses (one is currently closed and on the market), a village hall, a Primary School, a farm shop, a caravan site and a garage. In total, there are three public houses within the Parish.

 

Standing up for the residents and businesses of Chewton Mendip, Emborough, Litton, Priddy and Ston Easton