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CHEDDAR SPOTLIGHT

WELCOME TO CHEDDAR

Cheddar is a parish in Somerset known throughout the world as the origin of Cheddar

Cheese, which has been produced here since the 12th Century and to this day is still

stored in the Cheddar Caves to mature.

Cheddar is unique. Its distinguishing

feature is the natural phenomenon of

Britain’s largest Gorge. The Cheddar

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underground river, and the Gorge Cliffs are

Britain’s highest inland limestone cliffs.

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Interest because of the calcareous

grassland, Karst limestone buttresses and

Horseshoe Bats. It is also home to the

Cheddar Pink. Peregrine Falcons nest on the

cliff face and Soay sheep keep the scrub in

check. Beneath the surface lies an extensive

underground network of caves and caverns

that route water from the Mendip plateau

down to the public showcaves and the lower

gorge.

Gough’s Cave is an internationally

famous archeological site because of its

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years old) and contained Britain’s oldest

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Gorge itself lies within the Mendip Hills Area

of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Village of Cheddar has a long and

ancient history, having been an important

Roman and Saxon Centre.

Cheddar’s Kings of Wessex Academy

occupies the historical site of an Anglo

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century chapel of St. Columbanus still visible

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Gorge was recognised as one of the “Four

wonders of England”. Historically, Cheddar’s

source of wealth was farming and cheese

making for which it was famous as early as

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today and some is stored in the caves to

mature.

The Market Cross in the centre of the

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Scheduled Ancient Monument, although has

been repaired several times after impacts

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Cottage in Lower North Street is Grade II

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many watermills ground corn and made

paper, and, from the Victorian period large

scale production of clothing and shirtmaking

was carried out.

Cheddar Sweet Kitchen

The Cheddar Sweet Kitchen

Daghole Cottages, Water Lane, Cheddar George, Somerset BS27 3QJ.

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www.cheddarsweetkitchen.co.uk

THE ORIGINAL AND ONLY SWEET

FACTORY IN SOMERSET OPEN TO

THE PUBLIC

We make sweets the traditional way and have been doing so for 100 years, which is why

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