On Four In A Bed this week, one of the B&Bs was in a village with the bizarre name of Chew Magna. You’ve got to tell me more about that, Queries Man! – T.
The manor of Chew in Somerset was held by the Bishops of Bath and Wells from 1062 to 1548, and therefore was called Bishop’s Chew.
Since 1600, the name has been Chew Magna as this has been the most important of several villages along the River Chew. And Magna comes from the Latin for ‘the great’.