Somerset Urban Archaeological Surveys

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The Historic Environment Service is part of Somerset Heritage Service. This service also includes the Somerset County Museums Service and the Somerset Archive and Record Service.

Somerset Extensive Urban Survey (EUS)

Although archaeological remains survive throughout the county, those of the urban areas are some of the least well known and most likely to be affected by development. English Heritage provided funding through its Extensive Urban Survey (EUS) programme to compile reports on the current and former urban areas of the county: a total of 45 areas.

County Map Axbridge Bridgwater Bruton Burnham and Highbridge Castle Cary Chard Cheddar Crewkerne Crowcrombe Downend Dulverton Dunster Frome Glastonbury Ilchester Ilminster Langport Lower Weare Lyng and Athelney Martock Milborne Port Minehead Milverton Montacute Newport Norton St Philip North Petherton Nether Stowey Rackley Shepton Mallet Somerton South Petherton Stoford Stogumber Stogursey Street Taunton Watchet Wedmore Wellington Wells Williton Wincanton Wiveliscombe Yeovil

The reports provide information on the growth (and decline) of the towns through time and identify, where possible, the location of historic features. Accompanying them will be a series of guidance notes to apply this knowledge to the management of development in the areas.

Not all the towns are currently urban in character and not all the present towns have a long history but all were included in the survey. The towns range from Ilchester with its late prehistoric and Roman origins, through medieval centres (such as Taunton, Bridgwater and Wells), failed medieval developments (like Crowcombe or Frog Lane, Langport), to towns which developed in the nineteenth century such as Burnham on Sea.

The location of the towns is shown on the map. Click on them or the list below for more information where you will also be able to download a copy of the full report in Portable Document Format.

Axbridge Bridgwater Bruton
Burnham on Sea Castle Cary Chard
Cheddar Crewkerne Crowcombe
Down End Dulverton Dunster
Frome Glastonbury Ilchester
Ilminster Langport Lower Weare
Lyng and Athelney Martock Milborne Port
Milverton Minehead Montacute
Nether Stowey Newport North Petherton
Norton St Philip Rackley Shepton Mallet
Somerton South Petherton Stoford
Stogumber Stogursey Street
Taunton Watchet Wedmore
Wellington Wells Williton
Wincanton Wiveliscombe Yeovil