Hammes wella, means 'spring by an enclosure.' We still drink the delicious spring water to this day.
In AD 921, Athelstan, the first king of all England granted Hamswell manor to the Priors of Bath, who held the moot here until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1535.
Robert Whittington, a relative of the Dick Whittington of pantomime fame, took a lease on the manor house in 1543. His descendants lived there for nearly 400 years.
The battle of Lansdown was fought nearby in 1643.
The house is now a private home lived in by Rupert Legge, a novelist, his wife, Victoria, a designer and their family.
In 1347, Rupert's ancestor Sir Thomas Legge was elected as the first ever Lord Mayor of London. Like Dick Whittington, he was elected Mayor three times, but as far as we know he did not have a cat.