A History of Stanton St Bernard, by Val Knowles. Stanton St Bernard is a small village in the centre of Pewsey Vale, at the heart of Wiltshire. Its horizons north and south are the chalk hills of the Marlborough Downs and Salisbury Plain, but the village sits in the broad greensand valley formed by the headwaters of the Salisbury Avon. Val Knowles lives in Stanton and has spent many years unravelling, from books, documents, maps, memories and the rich archaeological landscape, the long and sometimes eventful history of her village and its ancient parish. The result is a readable and authoritative account of a typical Wiltshire village. It will prove of absorbing interest to anyone familiar with Stanton and Pewsey Vale, or who has fallen under the spell of this peaceful and beautiful countryside. 240 x 170mm, 160pp, many ill, paperback. 978-0-946418-63-3, £9.95, June 2007
The Donheads: past and present, by Michael Coward, David Maclean, Rex Sawyer and Christine Speak. Donhead St Andrew and Donhead St Mary are neighbouring villages in south-west Wiltshire adjoining the Dorset border near Shaftesbury. They occupy an intricate and confusing landscape of hamlets, small valleys and farms, streams and high downland. This handsome hardback book includes a short history and description of the parishes, reminiscences by some of the oldest inhabitants, and a generous selection from local farmer David Maclean’s celebrated collection of illustrations. 240 x 170mm, 136 pages (approx), many ill, inc 8pp of colour, casebound. 978-0-946418-64-0, £12.50, July 2007.
The Wiltshire Cotswolds (Exploring Historic Wiltshire 3), by Ken Watts. The author’s two previous volumes in this series, covering north and south Wiltshire (published by Ex Libris Press), have been very well received. But because they say little about the north-western or Cotswold fringe of Wiltshire, Ken Watts has turned his attention to this unassuming but fascinating and attractive region, which extends from Bradford on Avon in the south, through Corsham, Sherston and Malmesbury to the Cotswold Water Park and Cricklade in the north. For those who associate the attractions of the Cotswolds only with Gloucestershire this book will come as a pleasant revelation, combining as it does history and architecture with practical information and walks. 240 x 170mm, 288pp (approx), maps and ills, paperback. 978-0-946418-65-7, £9.95, August 2007.
Forgotten Labour, by Avice Wilson. This pioneering study of agricultural history in Wiltshire from the point of view of the labourer, rather than that of the farmer or landowner, offers many new insights and a comprehensive view of the subject from early prehistory to the recent past. The fruit of many years’ painstaking research, Avice Wilson’s important new book follows her ground-breaking account of Wiltshire’s cheesemaking industry, Forgotten Harvest, and her history of the north Wiltshire hamlet, Cocklebury, where she grew up. 240 x 170mm, 256pp approx, many ill, paperback. 978-0-946418-32-9, price to be announced, September 2007
Chalkland: an archaeology of Stonehenge and its region, by Andrew J Lawson. Comprehensive and authoritative account of the archaeology of the Stonehenge region, drawing extensively on the findings of recent excavations. The author is a well-known prehistorian, who as Director of Wessex Archaeology for many years built up one of the largest and most successful archaeological units in Britain, and who has been personally involved in many of the excavations this book describes. This important work will be of great interest to academic and professional archaeologists, but is written in a lucid and engaging style which will appeal also to the general reader. 240 x 170mm, 352pp (approx), many figures and ills, paperback and casebound editions. 978-0-946418-61-9 (casebound); 978-0-946418-70-1 (paperback); £25 casebound, £17.95 paperback, September 2007.
Chitterne: a Wiltshire village, by Sue Robinson. Chitterne is a remote village on Salisbury Plain, surrounded by a military wilderness, which could have died like Imber, but has survived and thrives. This thoroughly researched, affectionate local history has grown out of a community website, and is the first modern treatment of this ancient and idiosyncratic chalkland village. Fully illustrated. 240 x 168mm, 160pp approx, many ill, paperback; 978-0-946418-68-8, £9.95, September 2007
Milford, by Richard Durman. This is the first in a planned series of small books, Sarum Studies, which will describe suburbs and areas of Salisbury, produced under the aegis of the Sarum Chronicle editorial panel. Milford lies on the eastern side of Salisbury, and now consists largely of Victorian and later suburbs. But it has an interesting if somewhat enigmatic history, stretching back to the period before the city of Salisbury was established. Richard Durman, an expert on architectural history who lives in Milford, has provided a readable and informative history which is sure to fascinate residents and everyone who knows and loves Salisbury. 240 x 170mm, 64pp, ill, paperback. 978-0-946418-60-2, £4.95, September 2007
NEW IN PAPERBACK
Devizes & Central Wiltshire, by John Chandler, illustrated by Michael Charlton. First published in hardback in 2003, and now in paperback for the first time, this is the second volume of the author’s long term project to write succinct but informative short histories of every town and village in Wiltshire. This volume covers Devizes and 41 parishes from Seend along Pewsey Vale to Wootton Rivers and south to Netheravon. Beautifully produced, with exquisite drawings and useful historic maps. 248 x 170mm, 288pp, maps, ills, paperback. 978-0-946418-29-9, £12.95, July 2007
Grandmother’s Recipes: the receipt book of Mary Jane Stratton, by Katy Jordan. First published in hardback in 2003, and now in paperback for the first time. The author, a well-known folklorist, comes from an old Wiltshire family, and inherited her grandmother’s recipe book, compiled when a cook in service 100 years ago. In this cookery book like no other, Katy presents all the original instructions, together with their adaptation for the modern kitchen and a wealth of family detail. 246 x 174mm, 176pp, many ill, paperback. 978-0-946418-36-7, £9.95, July 2007
OTHER NEW TITLES
In addition to the titles listed above, I anticipate publishing during 2007 another village history, of Winsley near Bradford on Avon; another in the Sarum Studies series, devoted to Harnham Mill; an issue of Sarum Chronicle (no. 7); and one or two surprises which I am not yet (June 2007) ready to announce. I hope also to have two new Ex Libris Press titles to distribute.