Langport & District History Society


                                                     LANGPORT & DISTRICT HISTORY SOCIETY

The Langport & District History Society is dedicated to raising awareness of the history of Langport and the surrounding areas. We do this by organising a programme of talks, and arranging visits and other activities of interest to our members.
Our talks are held in Langport Library, Whatley, Langport. They start at 7.30pm, usually on the first Monday in the month, the exceptions being Bank Holidays, when we meet a week later, and July and August when we don't meet. Visitors are very welcome and are asked to pay £2.00 per meeting.

Our December meeting is a social event held in a building of historical interest.

Annual membership of the Society is £12.00 per person. All members receive a copy of our annual collection of local history articles, Level Talk (one per household). If you would like to join the Society, please contact our Secretary, Sue Standen by phone – 01458 273471 or email – .

All talks are held in Langport Library at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated. Non-members are very welcome, admission £2. Please note that there are no History Society meetings over the summer months. Reports of our earlier talks are available on our website (details below).

9 January 2017
Peter Stanier. England’s richest historical landscape: Minions Moor, Cornwall

6 February 2017
Rob Curtis. Inner sanctums

6 March 2017
John Smith. Roman arms & armour

3 April 2017
Lesley Sutcliffe. The life & times of Dr Jonathan Toogood, founder of Bridgwater Hospital

8 May 2017
Mike Soars. Brunel the engineer

5 June 2017
Mike Beale. The legacy of the Somerset & Dorset railway

4 September 2017
Janet Few. Remember Then: memories of 1946 and 1969 and how to write your own

2 October 2017
Brian Phelps. Gypsy caravans

6 November 2017
David MacLean. The Martock Treasurer’s House

We organise visits to places of interest in the region. In recent years we have been to Hartland Abbey, Devon, the British Legion Poppy Factory in London, and John Boyd Textiles in Castle Cary.

Our current projects are:
• Gloving in Langport
• Langport carnivals
• Battle of Langport Trail
Please contact us if you would like to help with any of these projects.

Digital image bank
Since 2010 we have been making digital copies of photographs of Langport and the surrounding area. In 2013 we published a book using some of them, Langport & Huish Episcopi through time. Copies are available from the Secretary, price £12.00.

A community grant helped us to buy a set of display panels. We have mounted displays about Walter Bagehot, our photo book, and Langport carnivals.
For more information about the Langport & District History Society, please visit our website, called Langport Heritage. You can access it via this link:  Here you can find all the details about our talks programme, our events and activities and how to join. We are also adding information about the history of the area. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us.

Chair - Janet Seaton
Tel: 01458 259310 Email: 
Vice Chair – Anne Michell
Tel: 01458 250863 Email: 
Secretary - Sue Standen
Tel: 01458 273471 Email: 
Treasurer – Fiona Thomas
Tel: 01458 272168 Email: 
Committee Members
Paul Deegan, Allan Edwards, Pat Edwards, Colin Edwards, Sheila Edwards.



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