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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 a draft history of Kilmington parish has been produced 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 www.british-history.ac.uk.
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The story of a Somerset soldier executed during the First World War
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