About the Community of East Harptree

About the Community of East Harptree

East Harptree is in a conservation area on the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills 15 miles south of Bristol and the same distance south west of Bath. The village has a community shop (supported by c45 volunteers), hairdressing salon, primary school, preschool, public house and restaurant and village club, hall and theatre.

Some of the community groups active in the village include Bellringers, Harptree Cricket Club, Harptrees History Society, Luncheon Club, Parish Choir, Girl Guides, and WI.

East Harptree had a population of 644 in the 2011 Census.

Among places of interest in the village are:

  • Harptree Court, the setting for three series of the Great British Bake Off
  • The ruins of Richmont Castle beseiged in 1138, and visited by King John in 1205 and demolished by Sir Henry Newton during the reign of Henry VIII
  • The nearby Harptree Combe (a site of Special Scientific Interest and visited in 2019 by Clare Balding for her “Ramblings” radio programme
  • Eastwood Manor and Farm with Grade 1 listed model Victorian Farm buildings
  • The Clock Tower gifted to the village in 1897 by Mr W W Kettlewell to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

East Harptree is mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book as “Harpetreu” meaning “The military road by the wood”.