The old address at will close from the weekend 8-9 October


An exciting event for October!

Mick Aston and the dark art of geophysics.

Dr John Gater of Time Team will give the annual VCH Mick Aston Memorial Lecture on Thursday 20 October in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle, part of the Museum of Somerset, at 7.30.

Book your ticket now!


Status: Active, 11 volumes published

The first Somerset volumes of the History were published in 1906 and 1911 and were general volumes. Work on the History was revived in 1967 and volume III, the first topographical volume covering the Ilchester, Langport, and Somerton areas, was published in 1974.

Since then eight more volumes have been published covering areas in south, west, and east Somerset, Bridgwater and the Quantocks, the Poldens and Levels, and the area around Glastonbury and Street.

Volume 10 on the Castle Cary area was published in 2010 and  volume 11 on the Queen Camel and Cadbury areas was published in May 2015. A draft of Volume 12 on West Somerset, covering the area around Dunster and Minehead, is complete. Five parishes have draft histories on this site under work in progress. Research has now begun for a set of volumes covering the Taunton area and on Kilmington parish for a forthcoming Wiltshire volume.

Volumes I and II (general history of Somerset), III (Ilchester, Langport and Somerton area), IV (Crewkerne and South Petherton areas), V (West Somerset from the Quantocks to the Brendons including Stogumber and Watchet), VI (Bridgwater, North Petherton, and the area from the Quantocks to the Parrett), VII (Bruton, Wincanton, and Milborne Port areas), VIII (the Poldens and Levels, from Huntspill to High Ham) and IX (Glastonbury, Meare and Street and surrounding villages) can be read on-line at

You will find more throughout the site. Don't miss our latest news pages, image galleries or information on historic Somerset. Our newsletter comes out twice a year and back numbers are available on this site. If you would like to receive your own copy email

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Somerset Vol I
William Page
Jan 1906
Somerset Vol II
William Page
Jan 1911
Somerset III
R.W. Dunning
Jan 1974
Somerset Vol IV
R.W. Dunning
Jan 1978
Somerset Vol V
R.W. Dunning
Jan 1985

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Work in progress

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Carhampton lies on the shore of Blue Anchor Bay in the Bristol Channel between W...
Research is complete on Dunster and draft sections of the Dunster entry can be v...