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Athelney, Somerset

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Athelney, Somerset

Athelney is located between the villages of Burrowbridge and East Lyng in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, England. The area is known as the Isle of Athelney, because it was once a very low isolated island in the 'very great swampy and impassable marshes' of the Somerset Levels. Much of the Levels are below sea level. They are now drained for agricultural use during the summer, but are regularly flooded in the winter.
Administrative CountySomerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridST3428
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01278

Other names by which Athelney, Somerset has been known in the past

Adelingi ~ Adeliniensis

Athelney, Somerset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Athelney, place, and sta. on Yeovil Ry., W. Somerset, 5 miles W. of Langport. King Alfred took refuge here in 879, after his defeat by the Danes, on what was formerly an island at the confluence of the Parret and Tone.

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