The history of Croscombe SOmerset
Croscombe is a delightful village with a wealth of history. King Ine even mentioned it in his charter, (known as Correges Cumb) way back in 706 A.D.!
A ROYAL VISITOR TO CROSCOMBE SOMERSET
In Medieval times the area was devastated by the plague. However, the fortunes of Croscombe changed dramatically with the development of the wool trade in the 15th century. Renowned and respected for the quality of its wool, (known as ‘the Golden Fleece’) the village prospered. The area became so important that it even warranted a visit by Queen Elizabeth I.
The Industrial Revolution eventually took its toll, leading to the demise of the wool and cloth industry and a period in the doldrums for Croscombe and the surrounding areas.
However, you can’t keep a good village down and the community spirit ensured that its fortunes improved once again.
THE CROSS AT CROSOMBE SOMERSET
The Cross bed and breakfast is a Grade II listed building. It is modelled on a medieval house and still retains many original features. (You can read more about the transformation from Bull Terrier pub to The Cross bed and breakfast here.)
The Cross at the front of this bed and breakfast was put in place in the 19th century. It replaced one that had stood in the same spot since the 14th century!
Evidence shows that the stocks were also located next to the Cross and it was the prime meeting place for commercial transactions and celebrations. Accounts also exist of an uprising in the village when Way-Wardens endeavoured to remove the Cross. You can find out more here.
Today, Croscombe in Somerset has an award-winning pub and shop, a post office, a chapel, school and a village hall. It provides the ideal base from which to explore the many and varied delights of the county.