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Mendip is a rural district situated in the north of the county of Somerset, covering an area of 738 square kilometres and containing five principal towns: Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wells (which is actually a city; the smallest in England).

Around two thirds of the 109,279 residents (source: Census 2011) live in the five main centres, with the rest of the population distributed among more than 100 smaller rural settlements of varying size. The principal towns all perform traditional market town roles offering employment, services, cultural and community facilities as well as high street shopping.

Mendip's natural and man-made environments are a highly diverse and distinctive feature of the district. The Mendip Hills look down over the Somerset Levels and Moors, with the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs fringing the east of the district. Together they have had a direct bearing on the varied pattern of settlement and communication within Mendip and generate a varied sense of place and true local distinctiveness to the district's towns and villages.

You can view a map detailing pdf icon Mendip parishes [1Mb] and find out further information about Mendip on our Local Statistics page.