|About the Book|
Thousands of readers who eagerly await their copies of the West Somerset Free Press turn first to Notes by the Way. Instigated by Clement Kille in 1881, at first it was personal, political and critical- but over the last eighty years under theMoreThousands of readers who eagerly await their copies of the West Somerset Free Press turn first to Notes by the Way. Instigated by Clement Kille in 1881, at first it was personal, political and critical- but over the last eighty years under the authorship of first Herbert Kille, succeeded by Jack Hurley and then Glyn Court, it has become a forum for local history, tradition and reminiscences.Hilary Binding took over the column fifteen years ago and this book contains a selection of her most memorable and intriguing pieces. They range over a wide area from Old Cleeve, Watchet and Stogumber in the east to Culbone, Challacombe and Lynton in the west. Memories recorded include those of the late Fred Partridge of Luccombe, of Sydney Whitehead who visited Porlock first in the 1920s and Will Widden of Ilfracombe, a regular correspondent for many years.The book investigates Minehead in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, recounts the tale of Farmer Nicholas Snow’s acrimonious meeting with R. D. Blackmore, tells the story of the restoration of Dulverton church and records seasonal customs. George Hosegood, farmer at Rodhuish- John Bennett of Cutcombe, carpenter and dentist, and Parson Froude of Knowstone all feature plus sheep-stealing at King’s Brompton and Dunster’s hidden depths.All this and more – including a number of photographs which have not been reproduced before – come together to produce a fascinating cornucopia of “Exmooriana”, which can be dipped into or read from cover to cover, with huge pleasure again and again.Hilary Binding has lived in West Somerset for more than forty years, her maternal family originating from the Quantocks. After teaching History and Outdoor Education in Oxfordshire and Somerset, Hilary became a freelance educational consultant working for clients such as Exmoor National Park Authority, the National Trust and Somerset Record Office. She is keen to make history accessible to both adults and children and has written a number of local books. She is also the Editor of Exmoor The Country Magazine and has contributed Notes by the Way to the West Somerset Free Press since 1994.