Finding Bittescombe on maps
If you have a map published by the Ordnance Survey, then you should be able
to use these grid references to locate the Manor and Hill. The appropriate
Landranger map is no. 181 - Minehead and Bredon Hills.
If you're looking at a different map, one of the following methods
should allow you to find the Manor, if you don't mind pencil marks on your map.
- Bittescombe Manor - grid ref: ST011299
- Bittescombe Hill - grid ref: ST012272 (about 2 miles due south of the Manor)
If your map shows two lakes (Wimbleball Lake, Clatworthy reservoir) in the
Brendon Hills, mark the point on the shore of each lake which is closest to the
other lake. Draw a line joining these two points, and find its midpoint. The
manor is on this line, about a quarter of a mile from the midpoint towards Clatworthy reservoir.
Both lakes are man-made, and I've seen a map printed in my lifetime showing
only one of them. In case they're not on your map, here's a more complicated
method, which has been tested:
- Find Junction 26 of the M5 (outside Wellington). Mark this as point A. If the M5 isn't on your map,
then mark point A about 2.5 km ESE of the middle of Wellington.
- Find the junction of the A39 and A396 about 2 miles SE of Minehead. Mark this as point B.
If you can't find Minehead, go north from A until you hit the coast, then about 11 miles
- Draw lines north and west of A, south and east of B, to form a rectangle. In theory you should
adjust for the fact that Grid North is about 1 degree west of true north, but it's unlikely to make much
- Starting at point A each time, mark a point 90.5% of the way along the E-W side, and another one
41% of the way along the N-S side.
- Now draw lines N and W from these points into the rectangle. Where they cross is the site of the Manor.
Editor: Peter Biddlecombe