Brent Knoll

Brent Knoll is a village in the English county of Somerset with about 1250 inhabitants. It lies at the foot of a hill of the same name which dominates with 137 meters the entire environment. The place was called until at least 1875 even South Brent but was renamed due to the construction of the Bristol and Exeter Railway Station and the thereby incurred to avoid confusion. The operation of the railway was set 1971st Due to the presence of clay and limestone in the Bronze Age the first settlements in the area around the hill were held. In the Iron Age hill fort was one. Later, the area of ​​Romans was settled that there built a temple and fortifications. They gave the hill the name "mountain of Frogs". 875 the eastern slopes of the hill were the scene of a battle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, who went out victorious for the locals. In the Domesday Book of 1086 a population of about 250 was specified. The next recorded counting about 180 inhabitants are called for in 1327 under the Subsidy Rolls, with the then count to tax collected mainly wealthier households. Despite two big floods in the years 1607 and 1703, the settlement conditions could be improved continuously. In particular, better drainage techniques contributed to this. Mid-19th century so there were about 1,000 people in Brent Knoll, which also was closely with the construction of the railway line. Around the turn of the century, the population reached then a new low with 688 people in the year 1901. After only a small influx into the second half of the 20th century, with the completion of the M5 motorway in 1974 another population increase recorded so early 80s again there were over 1,000 people in the village. In the local church St. Michael is a bell from 1777 from the workshop of Bilbie family. The nave was built in 1290, the pulpit dates from the 17th century.