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Hatcher Review

As publisher of Sarum Chronicle, which follows in the wake of the now defunct Hatcher Review, Hobnob Press has been asked by the Hatcher Review Trust to hold and distribute its remaining backstock. The Hatcher Review appeared biannually for 25 years, and published an enormous range of articles covering the history and literature of Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire. Copies of the following issues of the Hatcher Review are still available and may be obtained from Hobnob Press, price £1 each (*£2 each): 5, 11, 14, 16-26, 28, 29, 32-44, *46, *47, *48, *49, *50. Proceeds from the sale of this stock will help to finance future issues of Sarum Chronicle. Please contact Hobnob Press for details of the contents of any issue.  

Wiltshire County Council

The Local Studies service of Wiltshire County Council has launched a series of community histories online. The full texts of the 34 parish histories published in Marlborough and Eastern Wiltshire and 42 parishes in Devizes and Central Wiltshire have been made available to the Council and are posted on its site. It is intended to include further parish histories after they have been published by Hobnob Press. To view these histories go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries and follow the links to Local Studies, then Community Histories, then key in the name of an eastern or central Wiltshire parish.

Wiltshire Record Society

From June 2006 distribution and direct sales of new and recent volumes (from volume 52, 1998) in this respected and authoritative record-publishing society’s series will be handled by Hobnob Press. Copies of most earlier volumes (many at reduced prices) are still available directly from the Society, c/o Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8BS, from whom a list of WRS publications and membership application form are also available. The following volumes are available from Hobnob Press at £20.00 each, including UK postage. All are hardback, with attractive uniform jackets.

52. Printed maps of Wiltshire, 1787-1844, edited by John Chandler, 1998. pp. xxvii 264, maps. ISBN 0 901333 29 8. Includes facsimiles of Charles Greenwood’s map of Wiltshire, 1820; the Wiltshire portion of Archibald Robertson’s map of the Bath road, 1792; maps of the Kennet and Avon, and Wilts and Berks canals, 1793; Philip Crocker’s maps of south Wiltshire hundreds for Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 1822-44; and several small-scale county maps; with introduction and detailed index.

53. Monumental inscriptions of Wiltshire: an edition, in facsimile, of Monumental inscriptions in the county of Wilton, by Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1822, edited by Peter Sherlock, 2000, pp.xxii, 458. ISBN 0 901333 30 1 First published in an edition of only six copies, this work records thousands of epitaphs, including many subsequently destroyed or defaced. Now comprehensively indexed for the first time, this edition is an invaluable genealogical and historical tool.

54. The first general entry book of the city of Salisbury, 1387-1452, edited by D.R. Carr, 2001, pp.xxxvi, 316. ISBN 0 901333 31 X. One of the earliest English city minute books to survive, albeit in poor condition, this document contains valuable and unique information about the administration and the social and economic life of Salisbury at the height of its medieval prosperity and importance.

55. Devizes division income tax assessments, 1842-1860, edited by Robert Colley, 2002, pp.xxxvi, 294. ISBN 0 901333 32 8 The survival of these assessments, which should have been destroyed, is probably unique, and of national importance for understanding the operation of Victorian income tax in the context of a country town and its surroundings. The returns shed fascinating detail on the fortunes of businesses and professional people in Devizes and many villages in central Wiltshire over nearly twenty years.

56. Wiltshire glebe terriers, edited by Steven Hobbs, 2003, pp.xxiv, 554. ISBN 0 901333 33 6. This calendar of all known terriers, in preparation for many years, provides invaluable and unique information about the agricultural history and topography of each Wiltshire parish, as well as an insight into the livelihoods of the clergy between the 16th and 18th centuries.

57. Wiltshire farming in the seventeenth century, edited by Joseph Bettey, 2005, pp. xlviii, 376. ISBN 0 901333 34 4. This volume makes available a collection of farm accounts and other documents which illustrate the husbandry, crops, livestock, labour, and farming methods of Wiltshire during the seventeenth century. The material included ranges from manorial court rolls and surveys to stewards’ accounts, enclosure agreements, correspondence, tithe dues, market records and probate inventories. Less conventional products are also considered, such as woad and rabbit warrens, and evidence is presented for agricultural improvements such as floated water meadows, enclosure and burnbaking.

58. Early motor vehicle registration in Wiltshire, 1903-1914, edited by Ian Hicks, June 2006, pp. xxi, 554. ISBN 0 901333 35 2. This volume presents a calendar of the surviving records of motor car and motor cycle registration in Wiltshire from 1903 to the end of 1914. The records give details of the cars and motor cycles, their owners and changes of ownership. Their value to anyone studying early motor vehicle ownership in the county will be obvious, since they depict the geographical and social patterns of vehicles and their owners at the dawn of motoring. They are also of more specific interest, to the local historian who is constructing an account of a parish, to family historians enquiring into their ancestors’ mobility, to those interested in the popularity of early vehicle manufacturers and models and, incidentally, as an aid to dating and locating early photographs.

59. Marlborough probate inventories, 1591-1775, edited by Lorelei Williams and Sally Thomson. Probate inventories were compiled in order to list and value an individual’s household possessions and business stock at the time of their death. As such they offer graphic evidence of the living standards and commercial activities of the middling and upper classes of a community over a long period. This volume includes all surviving inventories (over 450 in total) for one of Wiltshire’s most important and thriving towns, Marlborough, together with Preshute, its suburban and rural hinterland. Fully indexed, it includes also a comprehensive and detailed glossary, which will be invaluable to all students of social and domestic history of the 17th and 18th centuries. December 2006 or January 2007, 400-page (approx) hardback, price £20.00, ISBN 0-901333-36-0

Sarum Chronicle

Sarum Chronicle is a new historical journal for Salisbury and its district, edited by a team of local historians well known in the city. It will provide opportunities for individual local history research in Salisbury District to reach a wider audience, for questions arising from work in progress to be aired, and for discussion of issues relating to topics and sources. As well as articles there will be shorter contributions, review articles and book reviews. 

Sarum Chronicle 1, 2001  includes papers on Salisbury Council House Fire (John Chandler), The Salisbury School Board, 1871-1903: a reappraisal (Ivor Slocombe), Mr Bristol’s Academy (Rex Sawyer), Hamstone in Salisbury (Richard Durman), Lady Elizabeth Herbert of Lea, 1822-1911 (Raleigh St Lawrence), Fisherton Anger (Salisbury Devizes Road) Cemetery, part 1 (Sue Johnson), Dinton in the Sixteenth Century (Steve Hobbs), and Making a Stonehenge Gallery (Andrew Deathe). Sarum Chronicle 1 was published as a 64-page paperback in October 2001, price £4.50, ISBN 0-946418-08-X, ISSN 1475-1844.  

Sarum Chronicle 2, 2002  includes papers on the impact of the First World War on Salisbury (Ruth Newman), 17th-century farming in the Salisbury area (Joe Bettey), Salisbury’s 1852 ‘Great Exhibition’ (Jane Howells), Salisbury and the London Gazette (James Thomas), Pugin, St Osmund and Salisbury (John Elliott), and the refurbishment of the Wardrobe regimental museum (David Chilton). Sarum Chronicle 2 is a 64-page paperback published August 2002, price £4.50, ISBN 0-946418-09-8.

Sarum Chronicle 3, 2003 includes papers on  Henry Fawcett (Peter Fawcett), Victorian fallen women (John Elliott), medieval policing (Carrie Smith), Salisbury as a seaport (Don Cross), the architect of St Mark’s Church (Peter Barrie), and Studio Theatre (Hugh Abel and Sue Johnson). Sarum Chronicle 3 is a 64-page paperback published August 2003, price £4.50, ISBN 0-946418-15-2.

Sarum Chronicle 4 is essential reading for everyone interested in the history of Salisbury and its district. Topics this year include Devizes Road cemetery (part 2), the Cathedral treasury and muniment room, a possible planted medieval town at Old Sarum, an alternative account of plague in Salisbury, the Victorian restoration of Dinton church, mathematical tiles on Salisbury buildings, and shorter contributions. .(September 2004, 64pp, paperback, 0-946418-27-6, £4.50)

Sarum Chronicle 5 for 2005. Topics include new light on the cathedral tower and spire; economic activity in the Wardour woods; housekeeping in Salisbury, 1640; the Salisbury Philharmonic Society; recipients of the freedom of Salisbury; and local links with the battle of Trafalgar and Handel’s Messiah. There is also a cumulative index to issues 1-5. November 2005, ISBN 0-946418-43-8.

Sarum Chronicle, issue 6. The 2006 issue of this established local journal includes papers on the 1851 religious census in Salisbury; the cholera epidemic of 1849; George Herbert’s Bemerton parishioners; 1803 preparations for a Napoleonic invasion; the Greencroft, an open space in Salisbury; Marcus Stone, a local prehistorian; Revd Dr John Baker, an 18th-century rector of St Martin’s, Salisbury; and the 1906 Salisbury rail disaster. October 2006, 64-page illustrated paperback, price £4.50, ISBN10 0-946418-54-3; ISBN13 978-0-946418-54-1


Ex Libris Press

Avoncliff: the Secret History of an Industrial Hamlet in War and Peace, by Nick McCamley. Surprising, amusing and totally absorbing history of an industrial hamlet near Bradford on Avon. 2004, 208 pages paperback; £9.95 ISBN 1-90334-123-x

The Blackdown Hills of Somerset and Devon, by Shirley Toulson. Wide-ranging study of this land of outstanding beauty – steep valleys, wooded hills and winding lanes, unspoilt and sparsely populated. 1999, 110 pages paperback; £5.95 ISBN 0-948578-48-3

Colliers Way: History and Walks in the Somerset Coalfield, by Peter Collier. This book presents historical background, interviews with former miners and detailed descriptions of twelve walks. 2nd edition 1999, 160 pages paperback; £6.95, ISBN 0-948578-43-2

The Day Returns: Excursions in Wiltshire’s history, by John Chandler. The perfect dipping into book for all lovers of Wiltshire, packed with arcane facts, stories and characters presented in an entertaining and accessible way. 1998, 256 pages paperback, £9.95, ISBN 0-948578-95-5

Exploring Historic Wiltshire, volume 2: South, by Ken Watts. Featuring six of the finest landscapes of rural south Wiltshire. Includes a series of guided walks. Reprinted 2001, 176 pages paperback, £7.95, ISBN 0-948578-92-0 [note that volume 1: North is out of print]

The Geology of Somerset, by Peter Hardy. Authoritative account of this most geologically diverse of counties which includes accounts of rocks, fossils, landscape, building stone and a number of excursions around eleven distinct regions of the county. Second printing 2002, 224 pages, paperback, £9.95, ISBN 0-948578-42-4

Hidden Depths: Wiltshire’s Geology and Landscapes, by Isobel Geddes. Shows how the county’s hidden depths are the basis of the landscape we see on the surface. A detailed introduction to Wiltshire’s geology and the only one currently available. Reprinted 2003, 224 pages paperback; £9.95, ISBN 1-903341-05-1

Hosts of Ghosts, by Margaret Dobson and Simone Brightstein. First-hand evidence, without a shred of hearsay, of ghostly encounters in and around Bradford on Avon and West Wiltshire, collected by firmly sceptical authors from a wide range of people who were willing to share their experiences. In an effort to find explanations for their hosts of ghosts, the authors offer some thoughtful comments and invite a diversity of opinion including a nurse turned counsellor, an eminent and no nonsense science writer, a practitioner of alternative therapies, a dowser and an Anglican monk with a special interest in strange visitations and exorcism. A refreshingly level-headed treatment of a fascinating subject. November 2005, 160 pages, paperback, £6.95, ISBN 1-903341-29-9

The Marlborough Downs, by Ken Watts. The only book on the most accessible chalk downland in the county. Full of fascinating background and includes a series of guided walks. New edition 2003, 192 pages paperback, £9.95, ISBN 1-903341-15-9

The Somerset Levels, by Robin and Romy Williams. This book deals with all aspects of this peculiarly man-made landscape and one steeped in history and legend. Third printing, new edition 2003, 176 pages paperback, £8.95, ISBN 1 –903341-16-7

The West Mendip Way: a Guide for Walkers of the 30-mile footpath from Uphill to Wells by Derek Moyes. Detailed description and route finding, together with sketch maps and photographs. 1999, 112 pages paperback, £5.95, ISBN 0-948578-45-9

Where Wiltshire meets Somerset, by Roger Jones, illustrated by Edward Dowden with maps by Karen Pigott. A favourite for walkers ever since it was first published in 1982, this book of twenty country walks in the Bath-Frome-West Wiltshire area is now published in a new, fully revised and updated edition. Published April 2006, 128-page paperback, price £6.95, ISBN 1-903341-34-5

A Book of Newton Abbot, by Roger Jones, 4th edition, revised and updated, of this popular history of the Devon town, first published in 1979. October 2006, 160-page illustrated paperback, £7.95, ISBN 1-903341-38-8

Wiltshire Buildings Record

Between 1988 and 2001 four monographs drawing on the Record’s archive and written by its then organiser, vernacular architecture authority Pamela Slocombe, were published and remain in print. Small but packed with information and brimming with relevant illustrations, they have all become standard works for the understanding of Wiltshire buildings. They are:

Wiltshire Farmhouses and Cottages 1500-1850, 1988 (reprinted 2000), 72 pages paperback, £6.00, ISBN 0-9509099-5

Wiltshire Farm Buildings 1500-1900, 1989, 80 pages paperback, £5.00, ISBN 0-9509099-6-3

Medieval Houses of Wiltshire, 1992, 110 pages, £6.00, ISBN 0-7509-0285-X

Wiltshire Town Houses 1500-1900, 2001, 112 pages paperback, £6.00, ISBN 1-903341-75-0

Architects and Building Craftsmen in Wiltshire, vol. 2, by Pamela Slocombe. In 1996 the WBR published a list of architects, builders and other tradesmen known to have worked in Wiltshire, with details of the buildings concerned. This volume is still available, as a 132-page paperback, price £6.00 (ISBN 0-9527933-0-X). Volume 2 greatly expands this work, and in some instances corrects it, with many previously unlisted craftsmen. Thousands of Wiltshire buildings are included, and there is a particular emphasis on the Swindon area. November 2006, 220-page (approx) paperback, illustrated, price £8.00, ISBN 0-9527933-1-8