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The Work of the Bridgwater Clerks, c 1200-1550

The grant provided for this project was intended to be devoted to the photographic recording of the instruments written by the clerks of Bridgwater in the period c.1200-1550. The purpose of this work was better to enable detailed research on the material culture of these instruments and their production, the work of the clerks in writing these instruments, and their attached seals........ Read
The Fairs and Markets of Norton St Philip There is scant information on the fairs and markets of Norton St Philip that is readily available, and what little there is has often been quoted but left unquestioned. This paper sets out some of the published secondary writings and charters, explores old almanacs, lists and gazetteers, and sets the information from these sources against the primary writings and accounts....... Read
John Locke's Somerset Property As outlined in an earlier article, 1 John Locke, one of the greatest philosophers of the early modern period, inherited from his father farming lands and domestic buildings in the area of rural Somerset where he spent his childhood with his parents, around the small market town of Pensford and hamlet of Belluton, half a dozen miles or so south of Bristol. Read
John Hanning Speke

Somerset’s boldest explorer will be celebrated this month at the Museum of Somerset, on the exact date of his most famous discovery, 150 years ago.

Letters from Nelson and Nine Teapots Although there is a monument to his memory in Butleigh, it is probably true to say that most people in Somerset have never heard of Sir Samuel Hood. Mary Siraut, the Victoria County Historian for Somerset, helped to rectify this by offering members of SANHS and their guests a glimpse into his life and career.
The Great War at Home: 3-4 July 2014

This conference will be held at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Full programme attached. If anyone is interested in attending details are at and if you know any postgraduate student who would like to attend bursaries are available.

Victoria County History Newsletter June 2014 Please pass it on and email [email protected] if this has been forwarded to you or you know someone else who would like to receive it.
Somerset Trade Tokens - 17th Century and later William Bidgood 1886 - A short review of the English coinage would first seem necessary, in order to account, in some measure, for the circulation of these tokens by tradesmen and others..................



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