The first records of Englishcombe Parish date back to the Domesday Book of 1086,

some 20 years after the Battle of Hastings pictured on the Bayeux Tapestry above.


Nigel de Gournay (half way between Paris and Dieppe) was the original tenant of

Englishcombe, Barrow and Swainswick, and his lands would almost certainly have

been earned by fighting for William the Conqueror. His son, Robert, (d1166) is believed to

have built St Peter's church in the village, and probably had his house close by.


For more historical publications, click on the links below:

The Parish of Englishcombe - A History - Jean Manco, 1995

Historic Landscape Survey of the Manor of Englishcombe - County of Avon, 1983

A Short Guide to Englishcombe Parish Church - C C Titchmarsh, 1933 Updated

Early days

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