The Book of Leigh upon Mendip, edited by Joyce Jefferson

£21.99
The Book of Leigh upon Mendip, edited by Joyce Jefferson

Published by the Leigh History Group in 2010, 151 pages. Large A4 size paperback (N7876)

From the rear side cover: This book is the story of a small upland parish in the East Mendips, Somerset. A group of like-minded local people have spent many months researching the his­tory of both the parish andits people. Over the last three years they have walked every part of the parish, recorded all historic features, looked at all standing buildings, collected and dated artefacts found on the surface of ploughed fields, studied documents, house deeds, air photographs, maps, newspapers and family photographs , and talked to residents. Illustrated with over 350 photographs, this book is a fascinating journey through time. One, which we hope you will all enjoy. Contents include:

The Study Area:
Location and Boundaries
Relief and Drainage
Geology
Woodland
Climate
Place-names
Chapter 1 - Times Past:
Pre-historic Leigh
Roman Leigh AD43-410
The Dark Ages AD410-1066
Domesday Survey
Medieval Leigh 1086-1540
An Estate Village 1540-1923
Chapter 2 - The Recent Past:
The Mells Estate Sale 1923
Village Expansion
How Old Is My House?
Chapter 3 - Farming:
Medieval Farming
Post-medieval Farming
Chapter 4 - Natural Resources:
Water
Coal
Stone
Woodland
Chapter 5 - Industry:
Iron
Cloth
Stockings
Wood
Engineering - LJH
Small Businesses
Chapter 6 - Travel and Transport:
Travel
Road Transport
Canals and Railways
Chapter 7 - Leigh and War:
Elizabethan Musters
Civil War 1642-1646
Monmouth Rebellion 1685
World War I
World War 11
The Cold War
Chapter 8 - The Community:
Church
Chapels
Schools
Law and Order
Parish Poor
Friendly Societies
Chapter 9 - Shops and Facilities:
Shops
Blacksmiths
Garages
Public Houses
Tearooms
Village Rooms
Recreation Ground
Allotments
Health Care
Chapter 10 - Village Life:
Events
Clubs and Societies
Chapter 11 - Village Characters:

Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.