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MAGNA BRITANNIA - SOMERSETSHIRE By The Reverend Thomas Cox (Ref 028) First   published   in   the   1720's   this   book   is   probably   one   of   the   earliest   comprehensive histories    of    the    county    of    Somerset    published.    It    was    almost    certainly    used    as    a reference    by    the    Reverend    John    Collinson    when    he    compiled    his    “History    and Antiquities   of   the   Country   of   Somerset”.   If   you   have   a   historical   interest   or   ancestors   in this   county   then   this   publication   is   a   must   to   for   your   collection   with   descriptions   of many of the towns and villages and their people £4.00 including UK Postage       £5.50 including Overseas Postage
THE MARCH OF WILLIAM OF ORANGE  THROUGH SOMERSET  With a notice of other local events in the time of King James II A.D. 1688 (Ref. 027) by Emanuel Green In   1671   Charles   II's   brother   James,   Duke   of   York,   startled   the   nation   by   announcing   that he   was   a   papist. This   caused   a   great   concern   among   the   Protestants   and   many   attempts were   made   to   stop   James   from   becoming   King.   In   February   1685   Charles   died   and despite   the   attempts   to   exclude   James,   he   was   crowned   King.   Later   that   year   the   Duke of   Monmouth   made   an   unsuccessful   attempt   to   take   the   throne.   Eventually   in   1688 William   was   “invited”   to   invade   England   and   he   eventually   landed   at   Brixham   in   Devon. This   publication   gives   an   excellent   account   of   the   progress   of   William   through   Somerset by   the   use   of   letters   and   documents   gathered   from   various   sources   by   the   author.   A useful book in any collection of Somerset  £5.00 including UK Postage       £6.50 including Overseas Postage
MEMORIALS OF OLD SOMERSET  edited by F. J. Snell (Ref 031) “THE   object   of   this   volume   is   to   provide   a   conspectus   of   the   principal   historical   and archaeological   interests   of   the   county   of   Somerset.   These,   however,   are   so   rich   and varied   that   the   Editor   has   found   it   beyond   his   power   to   include   between   its   covers   all   the attractive   topics   that   might   be   treated.   Still,   the   work,   if   not   actually   encyclopaedic,   is   fairly comprehensive,   and   its   scope   is   certainly   wider   than   that   of   any   similar   publication,   while it   is   far   more   authoritative.     The   different   writers   have   attempted   to   deal   with   their   subjects in   a   literary,   as   well   as   scientific,   spirit.   Nothing   has   been   assumed   that   a   person   of   good education   may   not   be   reasonably   expected   to   know   ;   and,   conversely,   as   the   writers,   in most   instances,   are   either   well-known   authorities   or   particularly   acquainted   with   their respective   subjects,   it   may   be   confidently   anticipated   that   the   results   of   their   labours   will be   to   "   make   the   bounds   of   knowledge   wider   yet,"   even   for   those   residents   possessing   an antecedent familiarity with some of the topics.” £5.00 including UK Postage       £6.50 including Overseas Postage
THE MYNSTER ON THE ILE or The Story of the Ancient Parish of Ilminster, the one Royal Peculiar in the County of Somerset by James Street M.A. (Ref 035)  Published   in   1904   this   is   probably   the   most   complete   history   of   Ilminster   ever   written which    certainly    has    not    been    bettered    since    this    date.    In    his    preface    the    author “professes   neither   antiquarian   learning   nor   literary   finish:   but   he   thinks   he   can   distinguish that   which   interests   ordinary   folk;   and   claims   to   have   discovered   a   wealth   of   interesting matter,   connected   with   the   history   of   the   town   of   which   he   has   been   Vicar”.   Starting   with the    coming    of    the    Normans    it    continues    to    the    late    nineteenth    century,    with    the Churchwardens   Accounts   Henry   VIII   –   Edward   VI   printed   in   full,   sections   on   the   Black Death,   Nonconformity,   Monmouth   and   many   others,   makes   this   rare   book   on   CD,   with over four hundred pages, invaluable for historians and genealogists alike. £5.00 including UK Postage       £6.50 including Overseas Postage
MYTHS, SCENES AND WORTHIES OF SOMERSET By Mrs. E. Boger (Ref 036) In   the   publication   the   author   somewhat   departed   from   her   original   intention   of   making   a collection   of   myths   and   legends   of   Somerset.   Unwittingly,   fiction   glided   into   fact   and   the story   developed   into   history,   and   it   was   found   difficult,   if   not   impossible,   to   define   their respective limits. This   has   meant   that   we   have   a   book   of   650   plus   pages   containing      fascinating   information including   King   Alfred,   Glastonbury   after   the   Conquest,   the   Duke   of   Monmouth,   St   Keyna the   virgin,   witches   and   the   Philosophers   of   Somerset   to   name   a   few   of   over   eighty different chapters on varying subjects. £5.00 including UK Postage       £6.50 including Overseas Postage
NORTH CURRY - ANCEINT MANOR AND HUNDRED Notes of the history of the three parishes North Curry, Stoke. St. Gregory and West Hatch contained therein By Hugh P. Olivey (Ref 046) This   is   an   excellent   work   relating   to   the   history   of   North   Curry,   Stoke   St.   Gregory   and West   Hatch,   with   extracts   from   the   Churchwarden's   Accounts,   Vestry   Minutes   etc.,   as well   as   local   historical   events.    A n   invaluable   work   for   anyone   interested   in   or   with ancestors   from   any   of   these   parishes   This    CD   is   a   chance   to   own   a   copy   of   this   rare work which was limited to 250 copies when first published in 1901.   £5.00 including UK Postage       £6.50 including Overseas Postage
THE PLACE-NAMES OF SOMERSET by James S. Hill B.D. (Ref: 050) A   superb   study   of   the   place   names   of   Somerset   and   a   publication   for   anyone   with   an interest   in   Somerset   and   its   history.   It   gives   an   in   depth   look   at   the   origins   of   the   location names and chapters include; Place- Names derived from some River Names Place-Names from Local Characteristics Hams and Ings Racial Names Doubles Names Some Obsolete Double Names Curiosities of Nomenclature Plus others If   you   are   interested   in   local   history   or   the   places   your   ancestors   originated   then   this publication is for you. £5.00 including UK Postage       £6.50 including Overseas Postage
OLD CROSSES OF SOMERSET by Charles Pooley (Ref 048) First   published   in   1877   this   wonderful   book   is   a   comprehensive   guide   of   the   old crosses   in   Somerset   which   must   have   taken   many   years   to   complete.   Charles   Pooley has   not   only   given   details   of   the   crosses   that   are   complete   but   also   those   that   only small   amounts   have   survived   to   this   period   of   the   mid   nineteenth   century.   The   book has   been   lavishly   illustrated   throughout   with   dozens   of   line   drawings   and   lithographs. Possibly   the   most   informative   publication   on   this   subject   and   one   that   anyone   who   has even a cursory interest in Somerset's past should have. Fully Searchable and Indexed  £5.00 including UK Postage       £6.50 including Overseas Postage
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