Facts & Figures

Name: Priston
Meaning: Farmstead near the brushwood or copse
(A Dictionary of English Place-names OUP 1998)
Population 252 (Census 2001) - increased from 250 (Census 1991)
Priston People From the 2011 Census for Priston Parish and Output Area E00072631 including Wilmington:
(2001 figures in brackets)

  • Population: 232 (252)
  • Households: 101 (101)
  • Dwellings: 101 (102)
  • Religion: 
    • Christian 149 (175)
    • Other 2 (0)
    • No Religion 69 (52) 
    • Not stated 12 (25)  
  • Age Profile: 
    • <16yrs 35 (47), 
    • >65 yrs 47 (26) 
Source: National Statistics website: www.statistics.gov.uk
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For the results of a Village Survey conducted in April 2008 click here.
Landscape & CharacterSee Placemaking Plan web-page.
BiodiversitySee our list of Priston birds and plants.
GeologySee Geology of the Priston Area and borehole record.
Broadband qualityCopper-based ADSL is available throughout the village from a variety of suppliers, speeds vary from 1-8 Mb/s. Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP) ultrafast broadband is also available from TrueSpeed Communications Ltd, giving speeds of up to 100 Mb/s.
Latitude: 51 degrees 20 minutes North
Longitude: 2 degrees 26 minutes West
OS Grid Reference: 36951605 or ST695605
Area:
750 hectares, or 1850 acres or 2.9 square miles approximately
Height above sea level: 90 metres or 300 feet approx.
Traditions:
Oldest living inhabitant:
The yew tree  in Priston church yard?
Literary references: "Priston. Nature has made it lovely and man has made it irresistible."
(The Kings England - Somerset, Arthur Mee, Hodder & Stoughton 1941)

"I drove to Priston [Rectory] to dine with Mr. Hammond . . . and had an entertainment better suited to Grovesnor Square than a clergyman's home - French dishes and French wines in profusion. I hope such feasts will not be repeated often, or I am sure I shall not be one of the guests."
(Journal of a Somerset Rector, John Skinner, 1823)

"These fifty square miles or so of Somerset, bounded by the red-brick villages of Clutton in the west and Combe Hay in the east, Priston in the north and Kilmersdon in the south, lie on top of a score of complex, broken,twisted and contorted seams of coal, which until as late as the 1970s were worked by as independent and militant band of English mining men as might ever have stepped out from beneath the winding-gears of the coalfields of Durham or Lanark."
(The Map That Changed The World, Simon Winchester, 2001)

The picture on page x of Luke Barclay's A Loo with a View was taken from East Barn, looking across Priston High St towards Tunley.

Other Priston's on the Web The Priston Tale is a Full-3D MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) based on the players’ adventures in the continent of Priston.