The Book of South Stoke with Midford - The History of a Parish, by Robert Parfitt

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The Book of South Stoke with Midford - The History of a Parish, by Robert Parfitt
The Book of South Stoke with Midford - The History of a Parish, by Robert Parfitt

Published by Halsgrove in 2001, 160 pages. Large A4 size Hardback with Dust Jacket (N6047)

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From the front inside fly leaf: The parish of South Stoke, which includes the villages of South Stoke and the greater part of Midford, lies only three miles from the centre of the historic city of Bath, yet maintains a unique sense of independence from both town and suburbs. It is bordered to the north by part of the Wansdyke, and to the south and east by the Cam and Midford Brooks. It includes within its boundaries the remains of parts of the Somersetshire Coal Canal, and the Somerset & Dorset and GWR railways.

There has also been substantial fuller's earth mining in the parish, and the area's proximity to the Fosse Way and the famous spa at Bath has given South Stoke prominence since Roman times. The parish remains remarkably unaltered by building development, but the changes in land-use, habitation and employ­ment have been considerable and are the factors that contribute to the fascination with the village's past. What has not changed is the community's strong sense of identity and the stunning natural beauty which makes the parish a popular place for Bath residents to visit at weekends and on summer evenings.

The South Stoke 2000 project was the outcome of a Parish Council resolution to mark the millennium in a memorable way which would involve as many local people as possible. A steering group was formed which spent two years collecting and mounting information and photographs for an exhibition held in May 2000. The event was one of the most successful in the parish's long history, and brought together residents both old and new in a sense of continuing identity. The book was always planned to follow, and now stands as a unique record for the community of South Stoke Parish.
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