Kingsbury Episcopi Lock-upKingsbury Episcopi’s octagonal stone-built and stone tiled lock-up stands in splendid isolation on the village green, topped with the usual ball finial and possessing a grille-less iron-studded door and two lancet-type windows. Inside it measures some eight feet across and seems to have been erected between 1820 and 1840. When in 1958, the property of the Wyndham estate was being sold off in the village, a dispute arose over its ownership. Since, in former times, the Lord of the Manor claimed ownership of waste land in the parish, and the village green was claimed to come under this heading, anything built on it was also claimed. But the villagers contended that it must have been put up for the parish. When the matter was discussed at the Langport Rural District Council it was stated that in the absence of any title deeds the Parish Council could claim
prescriptive ownership, and from that time it has fallen to the parish to keep it in the excellent condition which it has since enjoyed. Somerset Cider OrchardsThe parish of Kingsbury Episcopi is extremely fortunate to be the home of acres and acres of cider apple trees. Some of the apples that are harvested each year are processed locally at Burrow Hill Cider(well worth a visit) Others travel to Perrys Cider at Dowlish Wake(again well worth a visit) whilst others travel further afield to Highbridge and Shepton Mallett.Starting in September these orchards will become hives of activity whilst apples are shaken from the trees and gathered up, mainly by machines nowadays, a few by hand, and transported by trailer to their final destination to be turned into cider(well worth a try).
There are several well established orchards in our Parish which are home to some very old varieties of apple, some of which were discovered by local growers. In fact my great grandfather Charles Porter of East Lambrook discovered the ‘Porters Perfection’ apple and William Dabinett of Middle Lambrook discovered the ‘Dabinett’.There are lots of lovely public footpaths in the parish that will take you through or near these orchards, so take a walk and see for yourself the wonderful array of apple trees we have here, especially in the springtime when the blossom is outstanding.
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