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The Society’s Family History Centre in Yeovil is still closed to members and other visitors, but we are very pleased to have reopened our bookshop for online sales and orders by post, only – please do not come to the Centre to buy books.


Loders Back-Along – 2nd Edition

(Bernard Paull)  The author has spent many years collecting post cards and photographs of Loders.  This collection, much of which has been included in the book, has enabled a look back at life and events in the village between the…..


Dorset – Lost Dorset, The Villages & Countryside

(David Burnett)  A collection of 350 postcards selected from Barry Cuff’s remarkable collection, all taken by professional photographers, which were deliberately posed for the camera. The pictures cover the period between the invention of the postcard in the 1880s until…..


Yetminster, Ryme Intrinseca and Beer Hacket, 1914-1918 War Memorials and Servicemen

(The Hundred of Yetminster Society)  Thirty men are listed on the memorials in the three villages. This book provides information about each man, what regiment they served with, their age when they died, where they are buried or commemorated, and…..


Marnhull – Where’s That To In Marn’ll Then?

(Adrian Bailey)  A guide to place names in Marnhull. The author, who became confused in trying to identify so many ‘local’ names as he struggled through his own family history research, decided to trace them all. The book provides a…..


Gillingham History Papers – Eight Studies of the History of the Gillingham Area

(John Porter)  A series of detailed studies relating to this Dorset town and its area.   A major part of the researches of Thomas Thompson was a transcription of some of Gillingham’s early manor court rolls, and the book includes his complete transcription…..


Blandford in the Great War

(ed Nicci Brown) Over 100 of the more than one million UK soldiers killed in the First World War were from Blandford, and more than 200 from nearby villages. This book is a testimony to them, and all the others…..


Weymouth & Portland at Work – People and Industries Through the Years

(Fiona Taylor)  This book is a fascinating pictorial history of the working life of the Dorset towns of Weymouth and Portland in the last hundred and more years. Weymouth benefited from being the embarkation point for the packet services to…..


Burton Bradstock – Farmers, Fishermen & Flaxspinners

(Elizabeth Buckler Gale)  Enthralling account of the lives of the people of the Burton Bradstock locality from long ago to recent times. 172 pages.  Soft covers.


Sherborne – The Known History of the Shops in Cheap Street

(Alec Oxford)  A methodical journey down the street, recording who or what is there today, then revealing some of the ?evidence? that tell of the past. 102 pages.  Soft covers.


Sherborne – A History of Long Street

(Susan & Ray Penn)  A historical overview of the street, followed by a brief description of each house.  Some of the buildings have been selected for a more detailed attention. 138 pages.  Soft covers.


Powerstock – A Dorset Parish Remembers

(ed Richard Connaughton)  The story of the eleven men from Powerstock and its close neighbours, Nettlecombe, North Porton and West Milton, who lost their lives in the First World War. As much information as possible has been gathered about each…..


Purbeck Century

(Rodney Legg)  The author on a unique ramble through his beloved Purbeck. History.  Geography and anecdote combine to examine the magic and mystery of the villages. 160 pages.  Hardback.


Sherborne Draper – The Sherborne Drapery and Outfitting Stores

(Barry Brock)  In 1868 Stephen Kerridge Woodward opened what was described as being one of the most handsome buildings in the town.  It has since undergone many architectural changes, and suffered war damage. This is an interesting tale, with many…..


Sherborne Pub Walks – No 1: South From The Museum

(Barry Brock)  This series of three booklets covers all Sherborne’s old pubs and breweries that the author is aware of, a few of which still operate as pubs.  Many are now private dwellings. A short history of each of the…..


Gillingham School 1516-2016 – By Teaching we Learn

(John Porter)  Gillingham School, one of Dorset’s oldest schools, celebrates its five hundredth anniversary in 2016.  Founded as a free school in Tudor times, it moved to its present site in 1876, when it became Gillingham Grammar School. This is…..


The Place of The Rural Blacksmith In Parish Life 1500-1900

(Marcia Evans)  The village forge was often a focus of local activity and here we have accounts of some of the families whose skills were passed on for generations. Details are provided from trade directories, censuses and militia lists. 122 pages. …..