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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

Somerset Books

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.

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A selection of books relating to Somerset.

Coker Canvas – The Textile Industry of the Somerset/Dorset Border

(Richard Sims)  Coker Canvas provides the first detailed account of the textile trade in the area around East and West Coker.  Textiles have formed the core of area’s economy from the 17th century and, although not as important as it once…..

£12.00

Secure the shadow – Somerset photographers 1839 – 1939

(Robin Ansell, Allan Collier & Phil Nichols)  This book is a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. Each photographer is listed with details of where he/she was working and when,…..

£12.00

Yeovil – Letters Home to

(Jack Sweet) During the First World War, Yeovil men and women served on the Western Front, in Belgium and France, and many other places. Letters to and from home were welcomed by all recipients and during the four years of…..

£10.00

Wells and the Great War

(Eric Galvin)  This book is based on detailed research into the lives and experiences of the nineteen men, from twelve families, listed on the roll of honour in the Catholic Church of SS Joseph and Teresa in Wells. Starting from…..

£9.99

North Cadbury Parish, A Social History of

(Sam Miller)  A series of 32 chapters deal with many aspects of life in North Cadbury, Galhampton and Woolston, covering information such as parish registers, doctors’ remedies, law and order, the militia, parish poor houses, apprentices, tradesmen and poor/church rates……

£5.00

Wanstrow, A History of

(ed Joyce Jefferson)  A story of both the parish and its history starting with a short account of the village location in prehistoric times through to Roman, Saxon and Norman times, followed by more detail thereafter. Separate chapters deal with…..

£10.00

Chinnock, West and Middle, The World War One Servicemen of – Remembering a Generation

(Phil Nichols)  A detailed look at the lives of 86 servicemen who were born in, or who lived in, the village before or during the Great War. In addition to the standard research sources for the period, the author has…..

£10.00

Frome Street and Place Names

(Michael McGarvie)  A review of the origins and meanings of Frome street names, based on an original paper written by Rev W E Daniel, Vicar of East Pennard, in the late 1890s. The information has now been updated with the…..

£6.00

Frome Through the Ages

(Michael McGarvie)  An anthology of items extracted from original documents, to illustrate the life and activities of Frome from earliest times to the present century. 176 pages.  Soft Covers.

£5.00

Frome, The Book of

(Michael McGarvie)  A history of Frome covering more than a century.  Includes many photographs and an excellent index. For this new (fifth) edition the photographs in the book have been enhanced to provide better reproduction.  The biography and index have…..

£15.00

Frome in the Great War

(David Lassman)  Men from Frome and the surrounding area experienced action in all the theatres of war that the global conflict encompassed, and they took part in the numerous battles and campaigns, on land and sea, that have become synonymous…..

£12.99

Frome, The Buildings of

(Rodney D Goodall)  A study of the development of Frome and its buildings over a period of more than 1300 years, including churches, inns, public building, commercial building and houses. Includes 40 photographs. 149 pages.  Soft covers.

£9.00

Frome – Experiences of a 19th Century Gentleman

(ed Derek Gill)  The Diary of Thomas Bunn of Frome.  An extensive introduction to the Bunn family is followed by diary extracts from the 1830s and 1840s. 196 pages.  Soft covers.

£10.00

Frome – Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths in & Around

(Mick Davis & David Lassman)  Behind Frome’s modern day facade lies a more sinister and foul past; full of murder, kidnapping, rioting, witchcraft and rebellion, among other nefarious activities that have taken place over the centuries in the town and…..

£12.99

Frome, The Historic Inns of

(Mick Davies & Valerie Pitt)   In this first book devoted to the history of Frome?s inns, the authors tell the story of over a hundred inns, ale houses, taverns, hotels and beerhouses in the town. Grand coaching inns played…..

£10.00

Frome – Crime and Punishment in Regency Frome

(ed Michael McGarvie)  The journals of Isaac Gregory, Constable of Frome (1813?14 & 1817-18). Includes photographs and a good index. 64 pages.  Soft covers.

£3.50