Batten’s South Somerset Villages by John Batten lands on the shelves of my shop.
Tiverton: Somerset Books, 1994, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Genealogical Tables; Chapter Headpieces;
From the cover: Battens South Somerset Villages was first published in 1894 as Historical and Topographical Collections relating to the Early History of Parts of South Somerset
It charts the history of ten South Somerset villages Barwick, Chilton Cantelo, Sutton Bingham, East Coker, Brympton, Houndstone, Preston Plucknett, Limington, West Coker and Hardington Mandeville from the Domesday Survey (1086). This fascinating facsimile edition (including rare early photographs) will make compelling reading for all those who live in, or appreciate from a distance, this beautiful part of Wessex. It examines in detail the families, lands, houses and churches around which have been constructed a thousand years of history, and which have left their legacy in present-day South Somerset.
Battens original text is complemented by a completely new introduction by Robin Ansell, outlining the authors local back-ground and historical writings.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 199 pages. Index. 9″ x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!