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West of Carew

This trail begins at the Carew Arms in the centre of the Corwcombe village and journeys west incorporating the Mission house, old shop, manor gates and the piggery.
For this walk, start at the Carew Arms in the middle of Crowcombe village.
Chapter one

Carew Arms

The Carew Arms has a skittle alley and a Boules.
It use to be a barn.
The pub use to be called the Three Lions.
The pub owes it's name and signboard to the manor in the reign of queen Elizabeth 1st.
The first Carew to become lord of the manor was Thomas. His great uncle,Vice Admiral George Carew,was captain of the Mary Rose when she sank in Portsmouth harbour during the reign of Henry VIII.
The first written mention of Crowcombe was in 854.
In 1901 the Land Lord of the Carew Arms was Charles Jennings he was married to Emma.

From the Carew Arms, when you face it, head right.i
Chapter two


In the old days villagers didn't have any fresh water 'on tap', so they had to take a bucket and go to the well to draw water.
There were two wells in the village that people drew water from. The village people came to get a bucket of water each day.
The water running under your feet fell as rain on the Quantock Hills.

When do you think this rain would have fallen?

You could be looking at prehistoric water!
Carry on up the road.
Chapter three

The Saddler's Cottage

There were three people who lived in this house in 1901 and at the time they had one visitor. Her name was Alice Wealer. The head of the family's occupation was a saddler. A saddler is a person who makes saddles for a living. The family members were:

John.H.Baker, the head of the family

Sara.A.Baker, who was the wife

William.L.F.Baker, their son.

John was 34 years old,

Sara was 46 years old

And William was 12.

The house has a brace going through the building, with large metal crosses at either end. A brace is a beam that goes through the house to help hold it up.
Keep heading up the street.
Chapter four

Newton Cottage

This is Newton Cottage. It use to be the village shop and post office.
Susan Runly was the mistress of the post office at Newton Cottage when she was 63. She was the head of the family and she had a daughter named Elizabeth. J. Runly and a boarder named Ernest Michell he was 26 . (he was the man who paid for the hose instead of Susan and Elizabeth.) Ernest was 24.
When Newton Cottage was built, a birth stone was made. It was supposed to be part of the house but it got forgotten, so it was given straight to the owners by hand. The birth stone has some numbers on that read "1905" . That was the year Newton Cottage was born.
The garden was a Victorian dump. But you wouldn't know that by looking at it now, would you?
Keep heading up the street.
Chapter five

The Mission Room

The Mission Room was built in 1889. It is over 100 years old.

In 1901 Mr John H. Baker lived in The Mission Room Shop with his wife Sarah A. Baker. They had a son called William J. F. Baker. When the Crowcombe census took place they had a visitor in their midst, she was called Alice Wealcott, she was a widow. She was born in Wiveliscombe and was 27 at the time. John H. Baker was a Saddler, and he worked at home.
The mission house would have been a religious place and had a religious household.

There is a picture of a census sheet with lots of information on it. Can you find anything interesting on it?
Chapter six


Keep heading up the street.
Chapter seven

Gates to crowcombe house

In 1901 there were a number of people who lived in Crowcombe House. Ellen.M Young, age 58, lived in Crowcome house. She had 4 children called Bella, Henry, Nessie, Raludu Young, but where's the husband? Could he be dead? Or could she be divorced ?

Henry Young age 35 was rich like his mum, and it says on a census “ he was man of the Church of England “ which means he could have been the village Priest.

At the front of the drive, there are two gates and they are listed which means they can't be changed. If you want a listed building to be changed you have to talk to Historic England.
Chapter eight

The Census

Keep heading up the street.
Chapter nine



The milestone is used for telling the distance between Crowcombe and Taunton / Minehead, although it has crumbled due to the weather.

What is it made of?
Milestones are made of lots of types of stone like: brick, marble, granite and many others.

Keep heading up the street.
Chapter ten

The Old Shop

The Old Shop is now a house owned by Mr Chip. He told us that all the meat use to be stored in at the back of the shop off hooks that are still there today. He also said that all the people used to queue outside the door.The people that used to run the shop in 1901 were called Charles Jordan and his wife Emily Jordan. The meat they stored was beef, ham, bacon and pork.There use to be a sign hanging from the front of the shop, but now it's just a bracket with nothing on it!!

Keep heading up the street
Chapter eleven

Old Forge

Now split in two, this medieval cottage still holds almost all of its olden charm today. It has a triple-tiled Roman roof, brick stacks left gable end, centre left and between first and second bays, and it was made out of random rubble.

Who could have lived here?
Keep heading up the street.
Chapter twelve

The Piggery

This is an old piggery. Now it is a workshop. A piggery is a farm where pigs are bred and kept.

Local pigs!
One of the local pigs are the Lop Eared Black. Now known as the Large Black. This is the only English pig who is completely black.

Here are some other local pigs :
Large White, Landrace, Duroc pig, Hampshire pig, Berkshire pig, Tamworth pig and the Wessex Saddleback.

I wonder what breed of pigs used to live here?
Thank you for participating in this story walk.
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