As mentioned before on this page, Somerset is a county located in South-West England; one of the most popular areas in the country after Greater London. Somerset has played a key role in the political, economic and martial history in the UK. The county of Somerset is known for its stunningly beautiful landscape, but also for the many events that took place here, which bear witness to the many intrinsic facets of the history of England and its people.
Dating back to the Palaeolithic time, archeologists have found plenty of evidence that indicate that many different tribes of people indeed inhabited the area that today is known as Somerset. In the 7th century, many other tribes of people that are generally more known to the public also inhabited these lands that today are a part of Somerset, among them Anglo Saxons and Celts. The name of this county derives from Old English, naturally and the word used then was Sumortūnsǣte. The meaning of this word in Old English is “the people living in or dependant on Sumortūn”. The first written record of this place’s name is in the law code of the Saxon King of Wessex, King Ine, between 688 and 726. Somerset is one of the oldest remaining units of local government in Europe and the world.
The county’s motto is “Sumorsǣte ealle”, which translates as “all the people of Somerset”. As mentioned before, Somerset belonged to the Anglo Saxon kingdom of Wessex, and as, such, this motto reflects the support that people of Somerset gave to their King Alfred during the Viking invasions of Wessex. As mentioned before, Somerset has been influenced not only by the Anglo Saxon tribe but also by the Celts and this is reflected in many of the names of important landmarks in Somerset, like Creechborough Hill, Tarnock, Pen Hill, and many more.