Wincanton Town in Somerset
Wincanton is a small town of about 5,000 inhabitants in southeast Somerset. It lies alongside the A303 trunk road close to the Wiltshire border some 6 miles southeast of Castle Cary and a similar distance south of Bruton. Nearby, Windmill Hill has relics of a Bronze Age settlement and the town was fought over during the 'Dark Ages' by Britons, Danes and Saxons. During the reign of Edmund Ironside, the English, under his command, defeated the Danes forcing them to leave England. Wincanton appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Wincaleton' and was the point where the William of Orange gained his first advantage over unpopular King James II, in 1688.
The nearest source of local information is available from Wincanton Tourist Information Point.