A History of the County of Somerset

November 2006
58 black and white, 14 line illustrations
257 pages
30.4x20.8 cm
Victoria County History
ISBN: 9781904356233
Format: Hardback
Victoria County History

A History of the County of Somerset

IX: Glastonbury and Street

Edited by R. W. Dunning

Classic VCH account of the famous town of Glastonbury and its environs.
The ancient religious settlement of Glastonbury, with its many legendary associations stretching back into the Dark Ages, and the manufacturing town of Street, the creation of the late 19th century, are curious neighbours. They lie at the centre of the mysteriously-named Twelve Hides Hundred, the core estate of Glastonbury Abbey in the early Middle Ages. Around them, spreading into the low-lying moors of the Somerset Levels, are parishes which produced for the abbey, after continuous improvement of drainage, most of its economic riches - meat, milk, cheese, fruit, wool, wine, cider, fish, stone, timber, and fuel.
The suppression of Glastonbury under unusually tragic circumstances ended the dominance of a single lord and a coordinated economic system, and the eventual inclosure and drainage of the moors took two more centuries to achieve. Glastonbury, meanwhile, faced a century and more of depression but in the 18th received a charter of incorporation and became a centre of the stocking industry; while the fortunes of Street also rose, both through the shoe industry but also of the role of the Clark family in education and social improvement.

ROBERT DUNNING is County Editor, Victoria County History of Somerset.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Robert Dunning
Glastonbury - Robert Dunning


Provides useful background for anyone who needs to study the history of the area. RURAL HISTORY
Continues the long tradition of VCH volumes as authoritative histories of parishes and towns. [...] We should admire the way in which.the VCH project continues to provide a scholarly synthesis that serves both academic and amateur historians. URBAN HISTORY
The Victoria County Histories are of enormous value to historians and landscape archaeologists alike. [.] This volume is a fine example. This volume is another invaluable contribution to our knowledge of medieval and post-medieval Somerset, with the added significance of providing an important overview of the wider history of Glastonbury. LANDSCAPE HISTORY

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