Norton St Philip in the Mendip district of Somerset, aerial photograph
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aerial photograph of Norton St Philip in the Mendip district of Somerset, England Somerset England UK. Norton St Philip was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and in the Middle Ages a priory operated near the village until it was dissolved by Henry VIII . A battle took place here during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth and illegitimate son of Charles II attempted to overthrow James II. While attempting to march on Bath, they camped at Norton St Philip where they were engaged by Royalist forces. This was as far as they got before being forced to retreat, first to Frome and then on to ultimate defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor. Following the defeat 12 of the revbels were executed on the village common.