Tagged with Somerset history

Till Death Did they Part

The notion of staying with a partner for life is one that is far from common today but for most of our ancestors it was the norm. They lived in small communities, so had little choice of partner but they knew them well before they got hitched. I have noticed a number of famous couples … Continue reading

Somerset Scoundrels

I’ve unearthed another gem of local history, Paupers and Pig Killers, The Diary of William Holland, A Somerset Parson, 1799 – 1818. Holland was far from a dusty vicar. He had lost 4 of his 5 children to Scarlet Fever, but then his wife produced a son on whom William doted, with frequent proud mentions of … Continue reading

A Mayoral Problem

This is a snippet from the book The English Town by one of my favourite writers, Mark Girouard, a letter written by the Mayor elect of Bridgewater, Somerset in 1774: “Sir, I am creditably Informed by my friend Mr Cox that you are the author of That there epigram That was hung up against the … Continue reading

In the Good Old Days in Somerset

In Collinson’s History of Somerset, the full singular presentment & Order made by the Lord of the Manor of Severberges, in the 2nd year of Rich III, 2 women viz Arabella the wife of William Perry, and Alionora Slade, were presented for being scolds and fined 1d each which 2d were the whole perquisites of … Continue reading

People Power

The years following war were always time of depressed wages and soaring costs as soldiers returned in search of work in an economy based on war production. The years following the Napoleonic Wars were famous for their unrest, which continued up to and beynd the Great Reform Act of 1832. But protests were not always … Continue reading

The Silence of the Cows

After watching the wonderful film, ‘the Moo Man’ I have become interested in how cows behave, and how we interact with them. It is not enough to go along with John Berger in his ‘Looking at Animals’ which describes how we have lost touch with nature, and how animals used to be our intermediaries between … Continue reading