Somerset’s glorious heritage is revealed further with this latest volume on the county’s history, which was written and presented by Glastonbury-based author Henry Buckton.
Our journey begins at Burnham-on-Sea and meanders across Central and South Somerset before almost returning to the coast at Bridgwater. Join us as we visit country houses, abbeys and cathedrals, some of the county’s top sporting facilities and sample some world-beating Somerset cider.
Glastonbury, the fabled Isle of Avalon, is celebrated as the final resting place of King Arthur, and where Joseph of Arimethea allegedly brought Christianity to Britain. Cadbury Castle is uncovered as the site of the legendary Camelot and Athelney is remembered as the place where King Alfred the Great took refuge before finally beating the Danes.
See also how events in Somerset were pivotal in ending the First English Civil War and how the Duke of Monmouth and his rebel army lost the last full-scale battle to be fought on English soil. The county’s industrial heritage is explored at the Brick & Tile Museum in Bridgwater, which is also home to the famous carnival, the oldest event of its type in Britain.
Our Somerset odyssey also includes visits to Wedmore, the Avalon Marshes, Wells, Shepton Mallet, the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, the Royal Bath & West Show, Nunney, Frome, Bruton, Wincanton (including the Racecourse), the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford, Ilchester, Yeovil Town FC, Montacute (calling in at the TV Radio Toy Museum), Martock, the Muchelney Pottery, Chard, Dowlish Wake (including Perry’s Cider Mill), Langport and Burrow Mump.
Enhanced by superb modern film, fascinating interviews with a host of contributors and rare archive material, this historical tour of Central and South is an unmissable tribute to a delightful county.
N.B. 'Discovering Somerset Volume 3', which features the west of the county, is now available.