Shepton Mallet Town in Somerset
Shepton Mallet is a market town in the Mendip District of east Somerset. It lies on the River Sheppey, some 5 miles east of the city of Wells and about 18 miles south of Bristol.
The town of Shepton Mallet grew up along the Roman Fosse Way and there are arcaeological finds of this period. The town contains a fine parish church and has a considerable number of listed buildings. Shepton Mallet Prison is England's oldest prison still in use.
The town dates from Neolithic Times but is first recorded as "Scoep-tun", meaning "the sheep enclosure". In 1086, the Domesday Book records it as "Sceaptun". The second part of the name derives from that of the Norman Malet family who took a lease from Glastonbury Abbey around 1100.
Shepton Mallet was an important centre for the wool trade from medieval times and when this declined in the 18th century it was replaced by brewing and cider making.
Today Shepton Mallet is excellently placed to visit Glastonbury and its festival, the Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show and the whole of Somerset, Wiltshire and northern Dorset. Shepton Mallet currently has a population of just under 10,000.
The nearest source of local information is available from Shepton Mallet Tourist Information Centre.
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Dining out near Shepton Mallet
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