High Ham with Low Ham

St Andrew's, High Ham

High Ham Church is dedicated to St Andrew. There is documentary evidence for a church in High Ham in 1168 although the current buildings are later in date. The tower dates from the early 14th century, the nave from 1476 and chancel from 1499. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.

Within the parish of High Ham there have been two Roman villas discovered, Low Ham Roman Villa and another near by.

The most famous landmark in high Ham is Stembridge Tower Mill, and is the only remaining thatched windmill in England. It is under the care of the National Trust. Constructed in 1822 it was damaged by storms and left running via steam by 1897/8 and last used commercially in 1910. In 1969 Professor H. H. Bellot left the windmill, cottage and garden to the National Trust in his will. The mill has four floors, a thatched cap and is constructed of local limestone known as Blue Lias.

The Church in the Field, Low Ham

At the time of the Domesday Book Low Ham was part of the estate of Serlo de Burcy, and was later known as Ham Burcy and Nether Ham.

English Heritage list a church, without dedication to any saint, on the site of an earlier church, which was started in the early 17th century, and damaged in the Civil War, and completed in 1690. It is a Grade I listed building.
In the 17th century the local Lord of the Manor, Baron Stawell, intended to build a palatial mansion next to the church but it was never completed. The original gateway was moved to Hazelgrove House (now Hazlegrove Preparatory School) in the early 19th century.

   If You'd Like to speak to someone about High Ham or Low Ham please call Mr Jeff Jones 01458 252955

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