Tourist Information in Mendips and North Somerset
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Shepton Mallet Town Information




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High in the Mendip Hills, this delightful town was an historic centre of the wool trade. Its ancient market area has a 50ft cross dating to 1500. The town witnessed the first skirmish of the English Civil War when royalists cut down a band of local parliamentarians. More blood was spilled here in 1685 when a dozen of the Duke of Monmouth’s rebels died on notorious Judge Jeffrey’s gibbets.

Market Cross at Shepton Mallet - Photo © Nigel Freeman
Market Cross at Shepton Mallet - Photo: Nigel Freeman