Life …. work …. life …. work …. what is the right balance? Well, we (me and Mr FWL) are trying to tip the balance a little more towards the ‘life’ side of the see-saw at the moment and ensure that we spend some time on leisure pursuits and interests away from work.
So yesterday, we travelled to the picturesque village of Nunney in Somerset. Located near Frome, the name of the village comes from Old English and means Nunna’s island. With many tourist attractions including the ruins of Nunney Castle, a historic church and ducks wandering the streets near the river, the village was apparently the subject of a BBC Radio 4 report asking whether “the prettiest village in England” is a place where we can learn “how to mend our broken society”.
Nunney is full of history with evidence of Roman settlement in the village provided by the discovery of a hoard of Roman coins in 1869 at Westdown Farm and a villa with a mosaic floor. The village is mentioned as a manor belonging to William de Moyon in the Domesday Book in 1086 though the book does not mention a castle.
For many years, from the medieval period until the nineteenth century, Nunney was the site of water-powered mills owned initially by the Hoddinotts and then by James Fussell. Many Fussell names were on gravestones in the churchyard along with some one-name study names. The camera took quite a battering!
A lovely village to wander around – check out the Visit Nunney website for Treasure Trails, local events, places to stay and much more.