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Crewkerne – Sailcloth, Webbing and Shirts – The Crewkerne Textile Industry

(Richard Sims)  An A4 bound presentation of the history of this vital local industry, as related to Crewkerne. There are a large number of quality photographs, complimented by diagrams. Includes a name index. 166 pages.  soft covers.


Yeovil in the Great War

(Jack Sweet)  The author takes a personal look back on the town from August 1914 to the armistice of November 1918. Scarcely a Yeovil family remained untouched by the Great War; over 200 men would lose their lives, and several…..


Yeovil Then & Now

(Robin Ansell & Jack Sweet)  Yeovil?s changing face is expertly documented in this fascinating collection of over 75 paired photographs. 96 pages.  Soft covers.


Yeovil’s Years

(Jack Sweet)  Some of the articles written by the author, for the Yeovil Times and then the Western Gazette, which dealt with many aspects of Yeovil?s history, from two drownings in the River Yeo in 1844 to a Youth Club…..


Ilchester in World War II

(Ilchester Town Trust Museum)  A detailed examination of the effects of the war on the population of Ilchester, those who served in the forces, the Home Guard and evacuees. Numerous photographs are included, with many of the individuals named. 195…..


Good Old Somersets

(Brian Gillard)  A day-to-day chronicle of the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry ? Aug to Dec 1914. 164 pages.  Soft covers.


Somerset Privies

(Hilary Binding)  A descriptive and pictorial tribute to the lavatories of yesteryear. It takes us from the highly unsanitary Middle Ages to the more comic encounters of recent times. 96 pages.  Soft covers.


Wilton – The History of Wilton Gaol

(Peter Parrish)  An absorbing and interesting account of the Taunton penal institutions, particularly in the 19th century. 60 pages.  Soft covers.


Chard and its Villages Through Time

(Frank Huddy & Jeff Farley)  A fascinating selection of over 170 photographs traces some of the many ways in which the area around Chard has changed over the last century. The pictures are arranged in a ‘then and now’ fashion,…..


Cheddar Through Time

(Andrew Pickering & Nicola Foster)  A fascinating selection of over 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Cheddar has changed over the last century. The pictures are arranged in a ‘then and now’ fashion, so that direct…..


Portishead & Around Through Time

(Will Musgrave)  A selection of over 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Portishead and two local villages, Pill and Long Ashton,  have changed over the last century. The pictures are arranged in a ?then and now?…..


Somerset at War Through Time

(Henry Buckton)  Somerset?s contribution to the Second World War was extremely varied. This book includes pictures of coastal defences at places like Brean Down and Merryfield, Glastonbury?s preparation for occupation, naval fighter pilot training at Yeovilton and much more.  The…..


Wells, A Small City

(Tony Scrase)  Traces the varying fortunes of Wells and its relationship to the cathedral, chronicling the large change in fortune from the late medieval textile centre to the quiet 18th century place run by the Tudway family. Developments in the…..


Wells, A Pictorial History

(Tony Scrase)  A perceptive vision of this smallest of cities as seen through over 170 photographs.  (Special price) 118 pages.  Hard back.


More Shocking & Surprising Somerset Stories

(Jack Sweet)  The second volume from this popular local writer of true, tragic and sensational events; people and locations over 300 years. 128 pages.  Soft covers.


Somerset, Customs, Superstitions and Legends of the County of

(C H Poole)  A collection of customs superstitions and legends from previous centuries.  (Small format) 148 pages.  Soft covers.