Geography

Much of the northern and part of the southern boundaries of the main part of the parish follow streams or rivers which flow into the river Brue. From the River Pitt and its feeders in the centre of the parish below the 70-m. contour the land rises to just over 400 m. on the boundary with Bratton to the south-west and to more than 450 m. in the west above Hadspen, all on limestone and clay with Fuller’s Earth. In the centre of the main part of the parish is a small ridge of Forest Marble clay just over 120 m. above O.D. The clay ridge continues north-east to Stoney Stoke, where at a height of 114 m. it merges into Cornbrash limestone.