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Introduction

The villages of Wraxall and Failand are two geographically separate communities that straddle the Failand Ridge with Failand to the north and Wraxall to the south.   Wraxall has a long history and was the dominant centre for centuries.   Failand is comparatively new and is sub divided into Lower Failand and Failand.  There is also development on the west end of the ridge, known as West Hill, and a housing development, the Elms, adjacent to the East End of Nailsea.

The special character of the area has, for the most part, been retained but is under pressure due to the proximity of Nailsea and Bristol. The landscape for both communities is dominated by farming in a largely unspoilt countryside.  The most noticeable estate is Tyntesfield now owned by the National Trust.

The area is crossed east to west by the B3128 and the B3130 (the “high” and “low” roads) and north to south by lanes which are used by commuters to access the M5 motorway, Bristol International Airport, Nailsea or Bristol, which are all within a 10 mile radius.

The ecclesiastical Parish of Wraxall with Failand has two beautiful churches:  All Saints, Wraxall, dating from 12th Century and St Bartholomew’s, Lower Failand built in the 18th Century.  Further details can be found at the following link:

Wraxall Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School provides state education for children across the parish.  The Downs School, Wraxall is a leading independent day Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 4 to 13.

The Children’s Hospice South West is located in the in the grounds of Charlton Farm, Wraxall and provides care for children who have life limiting illnesses.

Visitor attractions in the parish include:
• National Trust Tyntesfield
• Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
• Events in North Somerset Showground

Information on facilities, clubs and societies, services and businesses can be found on the other pages in this section and in:

• the Parish Magazine, published monthly and available from Failand Post Office, Budgens  and the churches;
• the Failand Hall Broadsheet, delivered bi-monthly to houses in Failand
• Notice Boards located around the parish.