Weston Village Journal
by the Weston Local History Society
80 pages, ISBN 1-899142-22-3, £5.99
Published by Mushroom
Out of print. An electronic version is under consideration. Copies are available in local libraries.
The Weston Local History Society presents a selection of articles
about the people and events that have shaped, or been shaped by, the
picturesque village of Weston.
- Marking the 80th anniversary of the Armistice, Kate Clarke looks at
life at Bath War Hospital in Combe Park. With 1300 beds it was one of
the largest war hospitals in the country, yet the Imperial War Museum
has no record of it. The article recognizes the huge efforts, kindness
and friendship given by villagers and staff, and the great difference
they made to the lives of the wounded soldiers.
- Michael Rockey takes us on an exhilarating walk along part of the
Cotswold Way, giving us a deeper understanding of the stunning
countryside that surrounds Weston, and an insight into the wealth of
history on our doorstep.
- Eliza Day was born in the same year as Queen Victoria, but her life
could not have been more different. Experiencing severe poverty --
forced even to pull up cabbage stumps for food -- her life began to
change for the better after she arrived in Weston.
- Beryl Newns-Wood cracks the code of Domesday Book to show us how
Weston may have been over 900 years ago, and explains the complex
number- ing system in the High Street, which baffles every new postman
sent to try his luck... just where is number 89A?
- Discover, with Barry Smith, all about Agnes Weston, a one time
resident of the village whose personal commitment and courage made an
enormous impact on the lives of many people.
- And who was the famous actor involved in secret negotiations to
purchase a desirable property in the village? Michael Rockey provides
The book is illustrated with many fascinating photographs, including
some rarely seen views of the old village, and some never before
June 4, 2009
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