Status: Active, 10 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 seven 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 is the most recently completed volume and was published on the 23rd December 2010 while volume 11 on the Queen Camel and Cadbury areas is in the final stages of editing and compilation. Research is now complete and writing and editing are very advanced for a volume on West Somerset, covering the area around Dunster and Minehead. Five parishes now have their draft histories on this site under work in progress.

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.


The Museum of Somerset in Taunton Castle opened its doors to the public on 29 September 2011. Look out for news of lots of special events including gallery talks and lectures in 2013. The Somerset County Editor regularly gives presentation there. See the new Museum of Somerset during fitting out.


On 9 December 2011 the Somerset Heritage Centre was officially opened by his Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex.


In May 2012 her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip visited an exhibition of Somerset's heritage at Crewkerne. The county editor was privileged to meet her Majesty.


On 15 October 2012 the Somerset Heritage Centre his Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex returned to perform the official opening at the Museum and to open the new glass bridge between Castle Green and Goodland Gardens.


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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

News and events

Second VCH History Walk
Somerset during the First World War
Glimpses into the life of Sir Samuel Hood
Talks in March and April
Autumn Winter 2013 newsletter
Workshop on building recording in West Somerset
Talk by Tom Mayberry on a calamitous event in Somerset’s history

Work in progress

Edmund Rack described Timberscombe in the 1780s as encompassed by lofty hills we...
Minehead is blessed with scenic beauty, which made it a popular seaside resort f...
Withycombe parish lies largely hidden in the hills south of Carhampton whose anc...
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...