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Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing
Axbridge is a small town in Somerset, England, situated in the Sedgemoor district on the River Axe, near the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. The town population according to the 2011 census was 2,057.HistoryAxanbrycg is suggested as the source of the name, meaning a bridge over the River Axe, in the early 9th century.Early inhabitants of the area almost certainly include the Romans (who are known to have mined lead on the top of the Mendips) and earlier still, prehistoric man, (who lived in the local caves) whose flint tools have been found on the slopes of the local hills. The history of Axbridge can be traced back to the reign of King Alfred when it was part of the Saxons' defence system for Wessex against the Vikings. In the Burghal Hidage, a list of burbs compiled in 910 it was listed as Axanbrycg. A listing of Axbridge appears in the Domesday survey of 1086 as ', meaning 'axe bridge' from the Old English ' and ''''. It was part of the royal manor of Cheddar and part of the Winterstoke Hundred.
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