Halsgrove Newsletter
Halsgrove Publishing
.Search Titles
Halsgrove Logo
  about uslocationvacanciestrade logincatalogue

Shopping cart  Shopping cart
0 Title(s) in cart
Total £0.00
» Checkout

Latest Title(s) Viewed:

Community Histories

PiXZ Books

Railway Series

Halsgrove Publishing
Halsgrove House
Ryelands Business Park
Bagley Road, Wellington
Somerset TA21 9PZ UK
Tel: 44 (0) 1823 653 777
Fax: 44 (0) 1823 216 796

Trade Login  Trade Login

Not logged in

» Login
ISBN: 9780857043177
AUTHOR: A L Wedlake, updated by Paul Upton
A History of Watchet
A History of Watchet
  • Description
  • Related

“If the name of any one man be linked with that of a single place, not as a landowner or captain of industry, but as historian and interpreter of the past, then there is no better example than that of A L Wedlake and the port of Watchet on the north Somerset coast….” (Victor Bonham-Carter 1987)

In 1955, Leslie Wedlake published A History of Watchet – a thorough, comprehensive, well-resourced and very readable account of the town’s past which had never been attempted before. It was soon out of print and a second edition with some updating was published in 1973.

Both books are now difficult to obtain. This reprint of Wedlake’s work includes much new material and many more photographs.

Paul Upton provides new material to bringing the history up to the present day; adds a biographical chapter on Leslie Wedlake himself; and supports the original, unaltered text with additional notes.

A L Wedlake’s original book proceeds readably and in easy stages from geology and pre-history, through Saxon times and the middle ages the industrial period and the twentieth century.

Alfred Leslie Wedlake was born in Watchet in 1901, son of a long-established Watchet family. Apart from one year in London he lived and worked in the town all his life. From an early age he became interested in archaeology and local history. For most of his life he owned and ran a nursery garden and floral business whilst pursuing these interests in his spare time. Although not formally educated after the age of 14, he studied widely and became an important authority on the history and prehistory of West Somerset. He published several books, the most ambitious being A History of Watchet which remains the definitive work on the subject. He was a keen and active member of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society and was its president from 1981-2. He was the inspiration for and co-founder of the Watchet Market House Museum – still a thriving and popular destination.

Paul Upton grew up in Bridgwater and now lives on the Quantock Hills. He trained to be an architect in the 1960s but then pursued a career in Education which included three headships and a principal lectureship at the University of the West of England. He returned to architectural conservation work in 1997 and through work on buildings in Watchet he acquired a deep interest and respect for the town and its people. He was a founder member of the Watchet Conservation Society and was for many years its case officer.

This book has been supported by the Watchet Market House Museum Society, contributions towards which have been made by Watchet Conservation Society and Watchet Community Bookshop.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 317 7, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published November 2017.

Spirit of the West Somerset RailwaySpirit of the West Somerset Railway - £4.99
Don Bishop has captured the line working through all the seasons over some 18 years with a particular emphasis on “steam in the landscape” shots, particularly in the months between October and April when the light is at its best,
Somerset MappedSomerset Mapped - £24.99
Presented in a large format and generously illustrated, Somerset Mapped by Emma Down and Dr Adrian Webb provides a unique insight into the County of Somerset and its rich history.
Traditional Houses of SomersetTraditional Houses of Somerset - £19.99
Traditional Houses of Somerset by Jane Penoyre is a major work that will be a source of reference for anyone with a serious interest in vernacular buildings. It will also be enjoyed by all those who have an interest in the county of Somerset, and particularly those who own an old property or those who simply treasure the traditions of the countryside. Its illustrations – both photographs and architectural plans – make this book a vital addition to any bookshelf.
The Book of St Audries & West QuantoxheadThe Book of St Audries & West Quantoxhead - £19.99
Subscriptions are closed. The opportunity to have a name printed in the book has now passed and the book is available for purchase in the normal way. Published August 2006.
The Book of DulvertonThe Book of Dulverton - £24.99
First published in 2002 and quickly sold out, this new edition, published to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, brings the story of Dulverton fully up to date.
Portrait of the Somerset CoastPortrait of the Somerset Coast - £14.99
Neville Stanikk's rambling journey from Lynmouth (in Devon, but only just) to Bristol docks, told in more than 140 stunning photographs representing his discovery of an ever-changing landscape filled not just with seaside towns but with history and mysticism; picturesque villages and hills; castles, towers and ancient buildings.
The West Somerset Railway RevisitedThe West Somerset Railway Revisited - £16.99
This volume aims to show the West Somerset Railway at its best, running through the wonderful countryside and coast that surrounds it. All of the superb images by Don Bishop were taken between 2004 and 2009 and so show the line in its most recent form and at its very best.
The Book of Porlock (pdf e-book)The Book of Porlock (pdf e-book) - £24.99
The detailed and fascinating history of the Somerset parish of Porlock - a unique parish characterised by a relatively isolated situation and a concomitantly close-knit community is told through 160 heavily illustrated pages.
Somerset Address BookSomerset Address Book - £12.99
Somerset has it all – glorious coast, peaceful countryside, majestic cities like Bath and Wells with their world-famous architecture, and villages and country towns which evoke the spirit of a timeless England - captured here in this superb Address Book.
The History of Dunster Church & PrioryThe History of Dunster Church & Priory - £34.99
This is the first volume of The History of Dunster Church & Priory by Joan Jordan which takes the story up to the Civil War and Commonwealth; succeeding volumes will continue up to the twentieth century. Thoroughly researched and attractively presented with full notes, appendices and genealogical tables, this book will be prized by anyone who knows and loves the remarkable village of Dunster and its historical setting.
Somerset Coast from the AirSomerset Coast from the Air - £14.99
In this book we are taken by renowned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes on an aerial journey along the coast starting at Avonmouth, one of the most industrialised landscapes in the Westcountry, prelude to our travels in Somerset, journeying west for some 40 miles (64km) until we reach the North Devon border. Along our route are the major towns of Portishead, Clevedon,Weston Super Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, these large towns gradually giving way to villages and small harbour towns until we meet the moorland heights of Exmoor.
The West Somerset RailwayThe West Somerset Railway - £12.99
Don Bishop has captured the line working through all the seasons over some 15 plus years with a particular emphasis on ‘steam in the landscape’ photographs showing the railway going about its business with the wonderful varied landscape around it.
The Spirit of SomersetThe Spirit of Somerset - £4.99
Somerset is one of the most photogenic counties in England. Panoramic landscapes, big skies, ever-changing seascapes, grand houses and thatched cottages, all catch the eye of renowned photographer Christopher Nicholson.
The Book of Watchet & Williton RevisitedThe Book of Watchet & Williton Revisited - £19.99
Web Price: £24.99
28.96 EUR 31.24 USD 40.93 AUD

« Previous | Next »


Copyright© The Halsgrove Group 2004-2019......home | new titles | about us | directors | location | showroom | checkout | privacy | vacancies....Halsgrove® & A Boot Up® are registered trademarks
The Halsgrove Group includes DAA Halsgrove Ltd, Halsgrove Ltd & Halstar Ltd registered in England Nos 4136732, 6029724 & 6472636 at Halsgrove House, Wellington TA21 9PZ.
Imprints: Halsgrove, Halstar, Ryelands, PiXZ Books, Community Histories & Halswood Journals. Follow Halsgrove on facebook or twitter.

Latest pdf e-books

Latest Kindles

Credit Cards