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Rodney Stoke

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Rodney Stoke sits alongside Draycott on the A371 about a quarter of the way up the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills and about half way between Cheddar and Wells.

The village has houses along the main road and some more clustered lower down closer to the flood plain where the church resides.

The church dedicated to St Leonard is an interesting one. Its very old at circa 12th century and contains some unusual features. There is a 12th or 13th century grave stone that is a listed monument in itself and has now been mounted on the wall inside the church to protect it. The wood carvings on the pews are excellent. There is a small chapel inside the church which has some large stone sculptures and murals. The big sculpture depicts Sir Thomas Rodney a 15th century knight in full armour.

On the rising slopes of the Mendip hills begins the Rodney Stoke National Nature Reserve. The majority of the reserve is dense trees on a very steep hill and makes for a strenuous climb. At the very top, it opens up to the rough grasslands which are home to a variety of unusual butterflies and insects. There is an iron age hill fort at the summit known as Stoke Camp where the views across the levels are unprecedented.

A gallery of images related to the village can be viewed here.

 
Church

Church

 
Sculpture

Sculpture

 
Reserve

Reserve