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The Keys of Heaven: The Life of Revd Charles Marson, Socialist Priest and Folk Song Collector

David Sutcliffe

Charles Marson (1859-1914) is best known today for his work in collecting English folk songs in collaboration with Cecil Sharp. But his life was extraordinary for many other reasons...........


Avon Local History series

The Avon Local History and Archaeology Book series concentrate on subjects in the Avon area and for those interested in the history of the northern part of the historic county of Somerset are well worth reading.


A Maritime History of Somerset. Vol I: Trade & Commerce.

Ed Dr Adrian Webb

This is a multi-author work whose introduction invites comparison with the New Maritime
History of Devon ....

Could a local team of comparative amateurs possibly produce anything in that league? We shall see.

Somerset and the Defence of the Bristol Channel

D Dawson, D Hunt & CJ Webster

Dr Bob Marmion - Using a mixture of historical, archaeological and other source material, the authors have done an excellent job in bringing together under the one volume, a comprehensive history of the World War 2 defences around Somerset and the Bristol Channel.

John Heliss - In June 1940 Britain was in deep trouble, the British Expeditionary Force had been driven from Europe in a very poor shape militarily. The Germans were going to invade within a very few weeks, and we had almost nothing with which to stop them.






Church Bells of Somerset

GW Massey

Ed D Bromwich

Church Fonts of Somerset In the 1880s a young man in his 20s, a product of the Victorian era, son of the vicar of West Harptree, set out on a modern-day crusade. His quest was to record all of the ancient church fonts in Somerset before they were lost to the ravages of over-zealous Victorian architects, builders and clergy. Read



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