The Book of West Coker - A Pictorial and Social History of a Somerset Village and its People

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The Book of West Coker - A Pictorial and Social History of a Somerset Village and its People
The Book of West Coker - A Pictorial and Social History of a Somerset Village and its People

Published by Halsgrove in 2008, 160 pages. Large A4 size Hardback with Dust Jacket (N6032)

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From the front inside fly leaf: The village of West Coker has straddled what has been, most of the time, the main highway from London to Exeter since the 15th century. The village enjoys a lively community spirit that involves both the many long-established families and those more recent occupants arriving as the village has progressively expanded. For a village of its size it has a surpris­ing number of large grand houses includ­ing a fine medieval Manor House and numerous original smaller houses and cottages, many built with the lovely mel­low hamstone cut from the local Ham Hill quarry.

During its long history the village has had no great claim to fame but a settlement has existed since pre Roman times and through the passing centuries has relied on agriculture, the manufacture of ships' can­vas, twine and gloving for its survival. Today many branches of past families and even those of more recent times who have moved on to new pastures, still retain a special fondness for the place of their birth and will no doubt delight in seeing their family names and the many faces they will recognize along with the inevitable memories that this will bring to them...
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