ABOUT THE VILLAGE.
Huntley died at the age or 94 in 1891 having been born in the year 1797.The following
are reminscinces of the village told by him to Miss Helen Foxcroft in 1888.
William Smith-the famous Geologist
Farm was the home for seven years of William Smith, called "the Father of English
In 1794 he was appointed as engineer of the Somerset Coal Canal, and while at
the farm he may have made his "Epoch making" geological map of England which was
published in 1815, as in one of his writings he says he heard the announcement
of the victory of Trafalgar (1805) while at Broadfield Farm, Charterhouse Hinton.
He must have designed many of his 21 geologically coloured maps of English counties
by the window of the present kitchen. William Smith also lived at one time at
the Mill House at Midford. Mr. Chancellor of Norton used to tell that his Grand-father
often told him that the cellars of Broadfield Farm were used as a depot for smuggled
spirits. The spirits were taken off the coaches which ran between Bath and Beckington
much to the mystification of the Authorities who apparently never found out how
they disappeared on the journey from Bath.