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Somerset Voices – A Celebration of Memories

(Ann Heeley, Louise Clapp & Liz Snelgrove)  Life is shown as it really was in the twentieth century in the words of those who have lived through great changes, drawn from a collection of over six hundred oral recordings of…..


The Book of Spetisbury – History of a Stour Valley Village

(Ann Taylor) This book records the history of the parish, from the Bronze Age to the present day.  It describes the Priory, which once towered over the centre of the village, the railway’s arrival and departure, the church and its…..


Basic Facts about Family History Research in Lancashire

(Rita Hirst)  An explanation of where records are likely to be deposited.  Family History research within the county can be complicated as more than one repository may be involved in research into the records of a single parish. Consideration is…..


Bathampton Down – A Hill Divided

(Mary Clark)  The book relates the history of Bathampton Down after its rabbit warren was enclosed in the early 1700s.  Many aspects of this period are covered, including its industrial heritage – farming, stone quarries and the later reservoirs. There…..


Domesday Book – Dorset

(edited by John Morris)  The text has only once been set and printed, in 1783, in an edition of 1,200 copies, many of which have not survived. This edition is the only uniform English translation ever made, published in parallel…..


Dorset 1851 Census on CD

A transcription of the census for the entire county. Contains 184,596 entries.


Dress & Textiles

(Rachel Worth)  Dorset’s smocks and unmistakable ‘knob’ buttons are the most famous examples of a whole range of once flourishing textile industries. The villages and towns involved in the various textiles and their accessories: wool, linen, silk, ribbons, lace, stockings,…..


Dorset 1891 Census on CD

A transcription of the census for the entire county. Contains 194,482 entries.



(Jonathan Holt)  Dorset’s follies are amongst its greatest architectural delights.  Some, like the Horton Tower and Hardy’s Monument, are famous landmarks. Throughout the county there are grottoes, obelisks, temples, shell gardens, fake forts, arches, pavilions and even a sham chapel……


The Book of Stourton Caundle – Heart of the Blackmore Vale (2nd hand.)

This book records the 20th century history of the village in words and images. The photographs used (over 190 of them) portray every aspect of village life, from farming, housing, church and school, to public services, leisure activities and the…..


Weston-super-Mare – Only our Best Was Good Enough

(Pam Woodburn)  Memories of Locking Road School.  The school was opened in 1899, and the author was a pupil there for six years from 1945.  She provides her own memories of the school, and has collected the memories of several…..


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…..


British Army, My Ancestor was in the

(Michael Watts and Christopher Watts)  Updated second edition of this book, aiding the modern family historian in researching their ancestors who served in the British Army from 1660. The book is a practical guide to help the researcher use the…..


Cassini Revised New Series Map – Sheet 181, Minehead & Brendon Hills – 1898-1900

The map covers the same area, is reproduced to the same scale (1:50,000), carries the same map number and uses the same British National Grid Reference, as the corresponding Ordnance Survey Landranger© map.


Charlinch Parish Registers

A transcription of: Christenings 1593-1946, Marriages 1593-1946, Burials 1593-1981.


Eastern Battalion Muster Roll of the East Somerset Regiment of Volunteer Infantry – 1805

This battalion consisted of two companies from Henstridge, one from Horsington and two from Wincanton. Surname and place name indexes are included. 18 pages.  Soft covers.