Somerset

 

NEW DRAFT TEXTS.

We have uploaded draft texts for Norton Fitzwarren and Bishops Hull.

 

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Status: Active, 11 volumes published, 166 parishes

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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Publications

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

Annual report as submitted to Charity Commission
The latest edition
A gentle coastal walk
The Strode family chapel
New Somerset newsletter
The report of the Somerset County History Trust for 2016
The Mick Aston Lecture for the Somerset County History Trust
The latest edition is now available

Work in progress

The hundred and manor of Taunton Deane is the focus of current Somerset research...
XIV and later volumes: Taunton Deane The hundred and manor of Taunton Deane is t...
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...