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Pictures of Farleigh Hungerford

in the county of Somerset

About Farleigh Hungerford

This quiet sedate village is best known for the ancient ruins of Farleigh Hungerford Castle which lies at the top of a fine Somerset fertile green valley.

The castle has a dark history, it was once the home of the powerful Hungerford family, a member of which was put to death by execution during the 16th century for crimes of "treason and unnatural vice" but today, the ruined castle possesses a more peaceful atmosphere and gives visitors good views over lovely countryside.

Two interesting churches can be seen here, one is the ancient church within the curtain walls of the castle - this was taken by the Hungerford's when they extended their castle territory and the other is the village church, believed to have been built at a later date by Sir Walter Hungerford.

In high summer the village becomes thronged with revellers who flock here for castle re-enactments.

Farleigh Hungerford lies between Norton St.Philip and Wingfield, with the nearest large town being the market town of Trowbridge.
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