Character summary

The full document can be downloaded from the Documents section below right.

A short summary of the character of the Conservation Area is given below, together with a list of the character areas as defined in the appraisals.

Midsomer Norton

  • ancient fair town dating back to mediaeval times

  • listed buildings and other historic buildings built principally of local white lias limestone with oolitic limestone dressings

  • coal mining legacy

  • terraced housing both following and stepping down contours

  • historic settlement with high archaeological potential

  • occasional use of red sandstone in buildings

  • cast iron railings

  • use of clay and slate tiles

  • River Somer – well ‘treed’ on entering and leaving the town centre and channelled along the High Street

  • occasional evidence of traditional stone sett paving

  • stone boundary walls of various heights typically of white lias limestone but also pennant sandstone (often used for retaining walls) and red sandstone – tall walls were historically characteristic along property boundaries

  • trees make a significant contribution to parts of the town – notable examples include lime trees beside the Market Hall (possibly ones planted to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee) and along the High Street (possibly ones thought to be planted to commemorate the Coronation of George V), trees in the area of Redfield Road and Somervale School, trees in St John’s churchyard, trees in the Priory Close and Old Vicarage area, trees in the area of The Dymboro, yew and other trees associated with the Hollies garden, yew trees at Stone’s Cross and trees beside the River Somer by Hope Terrace

  • grassed and wooded batches

  • extensive undistinguished areas of car parking

  • large modern stores generally lacking positive character

  • shop signs often obscuring / conflicting with the quality of the

  • characteristic stone buildings

 Welton

  • historically important early settlement

  • coal mining legacy from 1600s

  • listed buildings and other historic buildings built principally of local white lias limestone with oolitic limestone dressings

  • occasional use of red sandstone in buildings

  • terraced housing both following and stepping down contours

  • historic settlement  with high archaeological potential

  • use of clay and slate tiles

  • stone boundary walls of various heights typically of white lias limestone but also pennant sandstone (often used for retaining walls) and red sandstone – historically characteristic tall walls along property boundaries

  • trees in the area of Station Road and Millards Hill junction and on batch at Belle Vue

Character Areas

  • Area 1 - Station Road

  • Area 2 - South View Place

  • Area 3 - Stone’s Cross / upper High Street

  • Area 4 - High Street

  • Area 5 - Rackvernal Road / Excelsior Terrace

  • Area 6 - High Street / The Island

  • Area 7 - Church Lane / The Dymboro

  • Area 8 - Redfield Road

  • Area 9 - Silver Street

  • Area 10 -Welton 

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