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Things to do in Shepton Mallet, Somerset

The historic town of Shepton Mallet is set in the Mendip foothills, and at the geographical heart of the Mendip District. It was strategically important in Roman times (the Fosse Way, now the A37, passes close by) and many significant archaeological finds have been made here.

For many centuries Shepton Mallet grew rich on the cloth industry, which reached its peak here in the 17th century. Many fine examples of cloth merchant's houses remain from this period.

Shepton Mallet is home to the Royal Bath and West Showground, one of Britain's major agricultural shows is held here annually in May/June, and many other events are staged here throughout the year.

Dominating the Market place is the market cross dating from 1500, and restored in the 19th century, there are many intriguing little lanes leading off the market place to explore.

The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul dating from the 15th century is worth visiting to see the intricately carved barrel ceiling, one of the finest in the West Country.

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