The Book of Withycombe - The History of a West Somerset Village, by Chris Boyles

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The Book of Withycombe - The History of a West Somerset Village, by Chris Boyles
The Book of Withycombe - The History of a West Somerset Village, by Chris Boyles

Published by Halsgrove in 2003, 160 pages. Large A4 size Hardback with Dust Jacket (N6047)

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From the front inside fly leaf: Withycombe lies on Exmoor's north­ eastern edge, between Old Cleeve and Dunster, with only nearby Carhampton between it and the sea. Although largely unspoilt, it is bypassed by most visitors as they speed on to Minehead, catching sight perhaps of the striking church tower, white against the darker backdrop of the hills, or the handsome wood - once decimated to provide timber for Lord Nelson's Navy - on the ridge which separates the village from Sandhill, now home to one of the country's leading racing stables. While traditional hill farms occupy the south­ern part of the parish, the village itself mostly follows the brook that made Withycombe suitable for habitation and gave it its name: the valley of willows.

On the higher land to the south is the hamlet of Rodhuish, once a detached part of Carhampton parish but amal­gamated with Withycombe in 1884. The Book of Withycombe recounts the history of the parish from prehistoric times to the present day, bringing the reader face to face with its ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary!) inhabitants, from gentle­man farmers and lords of the manor to blacksmiths, cobblers and farm labourers.

Chris Boyles, whose mother was born and grew up in Withycombe, on Christopher's Farm in Lower Street, spent a large part of his childhood in the village before leaving for university in the early 1970s. On his return in 1977 he became inter­ested in family and local history, which eventually led him to explore the vast archive of Luttrell documents pertaining to Withycombe, now housed in the Somerset Record Office. He has worked with villagers old and new, and with the descendants of those who left for distant lands in centuries past, to compile a history of Withycombe, replete with photographs of local people and places.
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