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All Saints church
Tellisford is located in Somerset
 Tellisford shown within Somerset
Population 182 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST805555
District Mendip
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FROME
Postcode district BA11 6
Dialling code 01373
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Somerton and Frome
List of places

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Tellisford is a village and civil parish 6 miles (10 km) north-east of Frome in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the village of Woolverton.


The village was known as Tefleford in 1001 and Tablesford in 1086 meaning Theabul's ford or ford at a flat place.[2]

The parish of Woolverton was part of the hundred of Frome, while Tellisford was part of the Wellow Hundred.[3]

The manor was acquired by the Hungerfords of Farleigh Hungerford in the early 15th century who used the fulling mill to endow their chantry chapel. The cloth making industry continuing until 1911.[2]

It was largely destroyed by a serious fire in 1785.[2]

Tellisford is one of the Thankful Villages which lost no men in World War I.


Tellisford has a Parish Meeting, where all village electors are automatically members. It is required to meet at least twice a year and does not levy a precept.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of Mendip, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Frome Rural District,[4] which is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Somerton and Frome county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.


Stone arched bridge with wooden handrail over river.
Bridge over the River Frome

There is a weir, and an Environment Agency monitoring station on the River Frome in the village. The bridge, which dates from the 17th century, is a Grade II listed building.[5]

Tellisford Mill is a water mill recently converted to hydroelectric generation.

Religious sites

The Church of All Saints dates from the 12th century and is Grade II listed.[6] William Parry was the rector from 1712 until his resignation in 1715.[7]

The Church of St. Lawrence in Woolverton dates from the 14th century.[8]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 206. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Frome RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Bridge over River Frome at Tellisford". Images of England. Retrieved 25 November 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Church of All Saints". Images of England. Retrieved 25 November 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Cooper, Thompson (2004). "Parry, William (bap. 1687, d. 1756)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition, subscription access). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 April 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Church of St. Lawrence". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 8 February 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Media related to Tellisford at Wikimedia Commons