A History of the County of Somerset

May 2015
81 black and white, 15 line illustrations
256 pages
30.5x20.8 cm
Victoria County History
ISBN: 9781904356455
Format: Hardback
Victoria County History

A History of the County of Somerset

XI: Queen Camel and the Cadburys

Edited by M.C. Siraut

Meticulously-researched and detailed survey of Somerset parishes, from prehistory to the present day.
A comprehensive account of the ten parishes comprising the southern half of the Catsash hundred, an area rich in its archaeology and history, is presented here, in the authoritative detail which is the hallmark of the Victoria County History. To the north, the Barrows, of which Queen Camel, North Cadbury and Sparkford (home of the Haynes Motor Museum) are the largest and most populous, lying in an area rich in archaeology and history. To the south, prominent hills include Cadbury Hill, crowned by Cadbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort dating from 600-400 BC. In South Cadbury and the surrounding parishes there is much evidence of prehistoric activity such as Bronze-Age finds. From a later period, the manor at Queen Camel is recorded in 1066, though decimated by fire in 1639 and subsequently rebuilt in local Blue Lias stone; and the sites of abandoned medieval homesteads are visible at Sparkford, Weston Bampfylde, Sutton Montis and Maperton. Later still, Compton Castle in Compton Pauncefoot was constructed in 1821 while North Cadbury's medieval manor house still survives today.
M.C. Siraut is a historian and archivist; she is the county editor for the Victoria History of Somerset.

Table of Contents

Queen Camel
North Cadbury
South Cadbury
North Barrow
South Barrow
Compton Pauncefoot
Sutton Montis
Weston Bampfylde


No project in the United Kingdom makes a more extensive use of archives than the Victoria County History... A detailed understanding of local trends is necessary to properly explain wider developments. This volume, the eleventh for the county of Somerset, continues this fine tradition. ARCHIVES

A meticulously researched work that maintains the highest standards of the VCH. THE LOCAL HISTORIAN

This is a major contribution to Somerset history [...] it will be invaluable to professional historians. PARSON WOODFORDE SOCIETY

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