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Posts in category History

Somerton’s Farmers 1279 – 1734

Somerton’s Farmers  1279 – 1734  Deborah Hayter In 1279 John Cole, ‘villanus’, held one yardland of land in Somerton; he held it from Robert de Grey, and paid 44d each year for it;  it was recorded that he was due to work (operabitur); he would be tallaged (taxed);  and he would pay a fine for […]

Church End Cottage

 

Jubilee 2012 – How we were last...

For Jubilee 2012 we want to mount an exhibition of these photographs  of the villagers taken at the Jubilee in 2002. In the exhibition we should give the names (correctly spelled!) and addresses  for each. Are you in the photo album? Is your information correct? Click to view the photos individually. The photos are named by number […]

The Railway at Somerton

The Railway at Somerton

The Coming of the Railway and its impact on the village of Somerton The Railway came to Somerton in the 1850s. The impact on the village was massive: through the employment it provided, the opportunities for travel, and the local interest resulting from accidents and incidents – including the passage of royal trains.  The railway’s […]

Archaeological Observations

Archaeological Observations

In 1973 when mains drainage was installed in Somerton, the pipe-work from the bottom of Church Street was taken across Rectory Close (below The Old Rectory) to join the other pipe-work at the pumping station at the bottom of Water Street. As there had been some previous excavation work carried out at the school and […]

The Sale of Somerton

The Sale of Somerton

Catholicism in Somerton

Catholicism in Somerton

THE FERMORS AND CATHOLICISM IN SOMERTON All that is left of the Fermors’ great house in Somerton. The arch stands in a field to the east of theHeyford Road The history of Catholicism in Somerton through the turmoils of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is intertwined with that of the Fermors as lords of the […]

School Days

School Days

SCHOOLDAYS & GROWING UP IN THE 1930’S & 40’s Notes of a meeting held in the former School in 2009. Present Doreen Brookfield Brenda Moignard Marina Warr Brian Calver Sheila Stevens Dennis Lydiatt The school day began at 9.00 a.m.with the ringing of the school bell. Miss Bernice Edwards, the teacher, would choose who was […]

Miss Moore’s Memories

Miss Moore’s Memories

MOTHER’S   EARLIEST  MEMORIES  OF  SCHOOL  ca.  1890  Notes written by Miss Maggie Moore Mrs Moore remembered going to the school run by Miss Jennings and her sister in part of what is nowLancasters’ house.  (Formerly called The Cottage, now known as Jasmine Place, a thatched cottage until the 1970’s at the bottom of Church Street). […]

Village Produce Association

Village Produce Association

VPA THE VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION Dig! Dig! Dig! And your muscles will grow big Keep on pushing the spade Don’t mind the worms Just ignore their squirms And when your back aches laugh with glee And keep on diggin’ Till we give our foes a Wiggin’ Dig! Dig! Dig! To Victory The Dig for Victory […]