Friary Wood is situated just outside the village of HINTON CHARTERHOUSE in North Somerset in an area of outstanding natural beauty. At a height of 150 metres above sea level it is the highest village in the area.

The name Friary comes from its relationship to the Carthusian priory which existed at Hinton Charterhouse between the thirteenth & sixteenth centuries. The village, just about a mile away, has a long and fascinating history much of it due to the Priory. A larger village south of Frome called Witham Friary also has connections to the Carthusians. On some early Ordinance Survey maps it is shown as Friary Green but is known locally as simply “Friary”.

There are very little standing archaeological remains of the buildings used and lived in by the lay brothers but there is evidence of contemporary construction in one of the remaining cottages and the remains of a mill adjacent to the river Frome are still visible.

The church of Church Close has disappeared and is thought to have been robbed of its stone to build the later mill at nearby Iford (Iford Manor is open to the public and is well worth a visit – you can reach it on foot through the woods from Friary Wood).

In the village of Hinton Charterhouse we are lucky to have two Inns, a village shop and post office, a twelfth century church, and cricket pitch!

The Rose and Crown is a free house but does have a separate restaurant. It serves real ales and a large selection of wines and has a good range of freshly cooked food served in the bar and restaurant.

The Stag Inn is also a free house that offers real ales, including Bass, Butcombe and a Guest Ale, and a good selection of wines. Good quality food is available mid day and in the evenings.

And just a very short drive away at Wolverton is The Red Lion, Recently refurbished, you’ll find a warm welcome and excellent facilities. It’s still very much a traditional pub selling homecooked food and local beers. It has a small locals bar where dogs are welcome (in the Winter you can enjoy a drink by the log fire) as well as a 40 seater eating area.

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