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A selection of books relating to Somerset.

Hardington Mandeville, A Peewit in Wartime – A Child’s War in Somerset

(Gordon Rendell).  The author, aged three at the start of the war in 1939, experienced the following six years with a sharp intensity.  Having an enquiring mind and time of his hands, he studied the village characters and was often…..

£12.99

Somerset – Curious and Surprising

(Jack Sweet)  The author describes the many times and the variety of ways in which the people of Somerset enjoyed themselves – sometimes very oddly indeed – in those ’good old days’ when the world and our lives were simpler……

£9.99

Montacute, Under the Shadow of the Hill 1939 – 1945

(Clarence Bradley).  The author, who moved to Montacute from Stoke-sub-Hamdon three years after his birth, joined the Air Training Corps in his teens.  This nurtured in him an interest in military aviation and local people’s involvement in the Second World…..

£12.99

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

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

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…..

£5.25

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

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, A-Z of

(Mick Davis and David Lassman)  In this book the local authors take a journey through Frome to discover some significant and little-known aspects of its rich and varied past. From buildings and streets to people and events, the book highlights…..

£15.99

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