There are no places left on  Minehead walk on 30 May 2015 but there will be a repeat of the walk on 13 June 2015 and  places are available on the second walk only.


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 published volume and  volume 11 on the Queen Camel and Cadbury areas is in the press and should be pulished early in 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.

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


Apologies if you have not been receiving your nesletter. We had a problem with our newsletter mailing list and have being recreating it. If you have signed up to receive the twice yearly VCH Somerset newsletters and have not been getting them could you please email as soon as possible so we can rebuild the list and send you your missing newsletters!


On 1 November 2014 the South West Heritage Trust  was born comprising the Somerset Heritage Service and the Devon Record Office and studies library.

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. 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.

Find out how you can help support Somerset's history.



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

Museum of Somerset concert
A walk round Higher and Quay Towns
A day conference to mark the 200th aniversary of Waterloo
A walk around Higher and Quay towns Minehead
A talk to mark the 300th anniversary of his death
A residential weekend at Halsway manor 20-22 March 2015
World War One symposium
Our winter 2014-15 newsletter has been published

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...