Coordinates: 51°11′58″N 2°36′27″W / 51.199351°N 2.6075059°W / 51.199351; -2.6075059

Dinder church.jpg
The church of St Michael and all Angels, Dinder
Dinder is located in Somerset

 Dinder shown within Somerset
OS grid reference ST576446
District Mendip
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WELLS
Postcode district BA5
Dialling code 01749
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Wells
List of places: UK • England • Somerset

Dinder (which means "the house in the valley") is a small village 2½ miles west of Shepton Mallet, and 2 miles east of Wells in Somerset. It falls within the civil parish of St Cuthbert Out.

The river Sheppey runs alongside the main street of the village.



The manor containing the village formed part of the endowment of the bishopric of Wells, which is located only 2 miles north-east of the village. By the 12th century it had been granted to William Fitzjohn, whose descendants were known as 'Harptree' or Flemining. By 1327, the manor was owned by a Richard de Rodney, whose family retained possession until it was sold in the mid 17th century to Richard Hickes, through whose descendants it passed to the Somerville family who built Dinder House and whose most famous member, Admiral James Somerville, was in charge of the British naval force which sank the French fleet at Oran in 1940.

The parish was part of the hundred of Wells Forum.[1]


The Anglican Church of St Michael is of Norman origins and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[2] It includes nave, chancel, north aisle, porch, and square tower. Within the church are an ornamental font and stone pulpit, with some monuments to the Somerville family. A cross in the churchyard dates back to the 14th century.[3]

Dinder House is a small country house in landscaped grounds. It was built in 1799–1801, possibly by Nicholls of Bath. The outer bays were added around 1850 by Vulliany, and a further single-storey addition to the north dates from 1929.[4] The gate piers, quadrant walls and flanking piers include panelled central piers with pagodal caps, and one with iron lamp at its apex.[5] A bridge over the River Sheppey predates the house.[6]

Several other buildings in the village are also of historic interest including Church View Cottage, which dates from the 16th century,[7] the 18th-century Road View and Downside House[8] and Wistaria House.[9]

Notable residents and culture

The Somerville (author and poet Christopher Somerville & Julia Somerville) Family's crest features a dragon and wheel.[10] The legend of the Dragon of Dinder goes back for centuries, and is documented on illuminated transcript which is now preserved in Eton College Library Records.[11] The legend goes that a terrible Dragon was terrorising both livestock and villagers. The then Bishop Jocelyn was called upon to save the people of Dinder. He rode out with his men at arms, but at the last furlong commanded them to remain at a distance while he rode on and single-handedly beheaded the beast.[10] The legend of the Dragon of Dinder lives on. Every 50 years since then a celebration of the slaying of the Dragon has been held. The legend says that should this tradition be forgotten and the slaying not re-enacted by a left-handed man of the cloth the Dragon may return.[11] There is a Mosaic depicting the story made by the children of nearby Wells and Dinder set in stone on the perimeter walk of the Bishop's Palace.[12]


  1. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/SOM/Miscellaneous/. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Church of St Michael". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268058. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Churchyard cross in churchyard, about 3 metres south of porch, Church of St Michael". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268059. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Dinder House". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268064. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Gate piers, quadrant walls and flanking piers to Dinder House". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268065. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Bridge over River Sheppey in grounds of Dinder House". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268066. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Church View Cottage". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268055. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Road View and Downside House". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268056. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  9. ^ "Wistaria House". Images of England. http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?id=268057. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  10. ^ a b Biorks, Jean. "Dinder and the legend of the dragon". Friends of the Somerset Rural Life Museum. http://mikek.org.uk/friendsrlm/03_dinder_and_the_legend_of_the_dragon.pdf. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Villagers prepare to slay dragon". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1628958.stm. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Robert Hesketh talks to artist Kate Rattray about her life and work of mosaics". Somerset Life. http://somerset.greatbritishlife.co.uk/article/robert-hesketh-talks-to-artist-kate-rattray-about-her-life-and-work-of-mosaics-2219/. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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