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old county map of somerset

County Maps Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.This incredibly useful resource includes high quality digitized maps that you can zoom into and see the finest detail. A wonderful collection of old West Country maps.

Cornwall county maps 1695, 1814, 1831, 1837, 1844 and 1856.

Newquay town plan 1909.

Devon county maps 1695, 1831, 1837 and 1844.

Exeter town plan 1909.

Plymouth and Devonport plan 1896.

Somerset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837 and 1844.

Dorset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844, 1849, 1927 and 1931.

Ref 0007-3 Price £11.90.

motor tours in the west country 1910 Motor Tours in the West Country - Mrs Rodolph Stawell 1910. Containing some 250 pages of text and 48 photographs of the places together with a map of the West Country illustrating the routes taken in the exhilarating early days of motor travel. Ref IE5092 Price £13.50
history and antiquities of the county of somerset

The History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset - Revd. John Collinson 1791 (3 Volumes). Extremely rare and sought-after this is an incredibly comprehensive account of the whole county and a must have for all Somerset researchers.

Ref 1049 Price £21.50.

notes and queries for somerset and dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset - Volume 1. Originally published as a series of volumes in 1888 each volume comprises of 8 books and each book has up to 50 articles relating to Somerset and Dorset.

Topics include transcriptions of parish registers, wills, administrations and parish chest records, descriptions of churches and parishes, churchwardens accounts, anecdotes and stories, family histories, pedigrees etc.

Ref 0287-1s Price £14.75.

notes and queries for somerset and dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset - Volume 2. Originally published as a series of volumes in 1888 each volume comprises of 8 books and each book has up to 50 articles relating to Somerset and Dorset.

Topics include transcriptions of parish registers, wills, administrations and parish chest records, descriptions of churches and parishes, churchwardens accounts, anecdotes and stories, family histories, pedigrees etc.

Ref 0287-2s Price £14.75.

notes and queries for somerset and dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset - Volume 3. Originally published as a series of volumes in 1888 each volume comprises of 8 books and each book has up to 50 articles relating to Somerset and Dorset.

Topics include transcriptions of parish registers, wills, administrations and parish chest records, descriptions of churches and parishes, churchwardens accounts, anecdotes and stories, family histories, pedigrees etc.

Ref 0287-3s Price £14.75.

notes and queries for somerset and dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset - Volume 4. Originally published as a series of volumes in 1888 each volume comprises of 8 books and each book has up to 50 articles relating to Somerset and Dorset.

Topics include transcriptions of parish registers, wills, administrations and parish chest records, descriptions of churches and parishes, churchwardens accounts, anecdotes and stories, family histories, pedigrees etc.

Ref 0287-4s Price £14.75.

notes and queries for somerset and dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset - Volume 5. Originally published as a series of volumes in 1888 each volume comprises of 8 books and each book has up to 50 articles relating to Somerset and Dorset.

Topics include transcriptions of parish registers, wills, administrations and parish chest records, descriptions of churches and parishes, churchwardens accounts, anecdotes and stories, family histories, pedigrees etc.

Ref 0287-5s Price £14.75.

notes and queries for somerset and dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset - Volume 6. Originally published as a series of volumes in 1888 each volume comprises of 8 books and each book has up to 50 articles relating to Somerset and Dorset.

Topics include transcriptions of parish registers, wills, administrations and parish chest records, descriptions of churches and parishes, churchwardens accounts, anecdotes and stories, family histories, pedigrees etc.

Ref 0287-6s Price £14.75.

notes and queries for somerset and dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset - Set of 6 volumes. Originally published as a series of volumes in 1888 each volume comprises of 8 books and each book has up to 50 articles relating to Somerset and Dorset.

Topics include transcriptions of parish registers, wills, administrations and parish chest records, descriptions of churches and parishes, churchwardens accounts, anecdotes and stories, family histories, pedigrees etc.

Ref 0287-Sd Price £55.00.

The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century - John Latimer 1887. John Latimer was the editor of the Bristol Mercury from 1858 to 1883 and was obviously a man who knew and loved the city with a passion.The book contains fascinating information on all aspects of life in the city. Essential reading for those with Bristolian ancestors. Fully searchable in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Ref 0819 Price £17.80
History of Bristol - 1861 Pryce History of Bristol - 1861 Pryce. Published in 1861 and 'impartially written by George Pryce, F.S.A.', this book is described on the title page as 'A popular History of Bristol, antiquarian, topographical and descriptive, from the earliest period to the present time, with biographical notices of eminent natives and residents.'A superb resource for Family Historians with an interest in Bristol. Ref 0405 Price £14.60
Harvey's Bristol: A Historical and Topographical Account of the City (1906)

Harvey's Bristol: A Historical and Topographical Account of the City (1906) - ISBN: 1-84630-142-4

Written by Alfred Harvey, M.B. Bristol: A Historical and Topographical Account of the City was first published in London in 1906, containing some 300 printed pages it includes more than forty pen and ink drawings by E.H.New.

Harvey's history of Bristol is less a chronological account of the city and more a thematic account of some of the city's history and better-known institutions. The history is introduced by an account of the early origins of the city, both Celt and Dane, before moving onto the history of the city during the reigns of the Norman and Plantagenet Kings. Harvey provides an interesting account of the city a witnessed by the Normans, it was then ranked as one of the largest and most important cities in the kingdom. Accounts of the historical events which beset the city between the reigns of William I and Edward III include the granting of the Charter to freemen of the city by King John, the disastrous reign of King Stephen and the plague years of the fourteenth century.

The Plantagenet history of Bristol is followed by a description of the city from the fourteenth to the fifteenth century, a period the witnessed Bristol ranked as the second most important city in the kingdom next to London and a port that was easily the most pre-eminent in the country. The chapter entitled "Bristol under later sovereigns" opens with the reigns of the early Stuart monarchs and the growing favour of trade from London rather than Bristol. Throughout Harvey's history of Bristol it is the mercantile question that dominates rather than the politics of Kings and parliament. With the coronation of Charles II the rejuvenation of Bristol is witnessed through its near monopoly of trade with the West Indies and the vast wealth that this trade generated for the city.

Apart from the almost chronological account of Bristol from the early middle ages to the reigns of the later Stuart Kings Harvey also views the history of Bristol through the eyes of some of its best known edifices, which includes the abbey and other monastic and collegiate establishments and the city's parish churches. Religion aside Harvey returns time and time again to trade as the lifeblood of the city and the root of its foundation. A further chapter covers the city's municipal institutions before presenting the reader with a description of some of the better known amusements, streets, houses and residents of the city. The History of Bristol is concluded by a walking itinerary of the city providing a good description of the city as it was more than a century ago.

Republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom, Harvey's History of Bristol with it many sketches must appeal to anyone interested in the history, culture and commerce of the City of Bristol spanning more than 2,000 years.

Ref IE5008 Price £19.90


somerset victoria county history vol 1

Somerset - Victoria County History Vol 1

Published in 1906 this magnificent book tells the political, social, economic, ecclesiastical and natural history of Somerset from the time of the Norman Conquest. It contains really in-depth sections on Early Man and Romano British Somerset, a translation and critical study of the Doomsday Survey and lists of land with landowners and contents.

It is incredibly well illustrated with maps, photographs and drawings making it an easy and fascinating read.

Ref 0302-1 Price £18.50


the history of wellington somerset

The History of Wellington

As far as we know this is the first ever history of Wellington, somerset. Wellington hasn't been the scene of many great battles or great commercial growth but as the author puts it is the scene of many more "peaceful triumphs". This is a thorough history of the place which describes the various names and spellings of the place, its very early history, the towns manorial history, its presence in Domesday, the English civil War, Ecclesiastical, Nonconformist, Industrial and Modern history.

It also includes many family and personal histories together with details of baptisms, marriages and burials from 1684 to 1812.

Ref 1277 Price £14.75


warners history of bath 1801

Warner's History of Bath 1801

This book dicusses Bath's history from Roman, Saxon and Danish times until 1801 when the book was published. It tackles the tales of the city's origins (previously embellished in Monk's histories of Bath) and describes how the waters first attracted people to the site. There are several chapters dedicated to the famous public baths and its special mineral content, as well as detailed chapters on Civil, Military and Ecclesiastical history of the city from very early times to the 19th century. The book also has descriptions of the City's parishes, hospitals, churches, police and courts all illustrated with maps and pictures.

A great book for those with an interest in the history of Bath and those with Bath ancestors.

Ref 1105 Price £18.50


bath guide 1820

Bath Guide - Circa 1820

This Bath Guide has the modern and ancient history of Bath and its environs, an accurate map of the city, a map of the country 12 miles around Bath and lithographic prints.

Interesting details are included such as the cost of visiting the baths, conditions of admission to hospital and stage and watercoach times.

Ref 1106 Price £14.75


the history of taunton

The History of Taunton - 1822

A comprehensive study of Taunton with chapters covering topics such as, the ancient state of the town, Taunton in the Domesday book, public buildings and charitable institutions, civil constitution, trade and manufacturers, political transactions and Taunton in 1822.

Ref 1276 Price £18.50


The Gentlemans Magazine The Gentleman's Magazine Library 1731-1868, Shropshire and Somersetshire. The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces. In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, with a single common index. An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places. Ref 0778 Price £15.30.
history of parish registers

The History of Parish Registers in England (also including Scotland, Ireland, the East and West Indies) - John Southerden Burn, 1829

Published in London by Edward Suter and reproduced here on fully searchable CD rom. 257 pages with an alternative title of Registrum Exclesiae Parochialis also includes information on foreign countries, dissenters, the Fleet, King's Bench, Mint, Royal Chapel etc. with observations on bishops transcripts and the provisions of the Act of 52d George III. Cap 146.


This truely fascinating indexed book is the result of many years of research, and it presents, amongst other things, a thorough critique of the parish registers of England, their origins, anormalies and uses and it is a must for the contemporary user of parish records in England.

Ref IE5038 Price £13.90


The Complete Parish Officer 1772 The Complete Parish Officer 1772. This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer. It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen. Ref 0766gls Price £16.60.
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