Somersetshire; Highways, Byways, And Waterways: highways, byways, and waterways

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byCharles Raymond Booth Barrett

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. SHEPTON MALLET, FROME, NORTON ST. PHILIP, ETC. From Glastonbury I proceeded to Shepton Mallet and Frome, leaving out for the time being any consideration of the cathedral city of Wells. My reason for this hardly obvious course was as follows. The main interest of Wells, like that of Glastonbury, is ecclesiastical, for the domestic buildings there which have any pretensions to antiquity are almost all connected with the dean and chapter. From a historical point of view also the associations of the city are of a similar character. Hence I determined (being unfettered in my wanderings) to take this rather arbitrary route, but I feel bound to furnish this slight explanation. Shepton Mallet is a singularly irregularly built town of undoubted antiquity, but yet lacking in the outward and visible signs thereof. Here and there in the lower portions of the town, chiefly at Longbridge, houses of antique appearance are to be met with, but otherwise, with the exception of the fine old marketcross and the church tower, there is but little to appeal to one's pencil. Like many other towns in the kingdom, Shepton Mallet was once the seat of an important branch of the cloth trade, an industry which prospered there at the end of the last century. It is the old houses of the clothiers in the Longbridge district which furnish a certain amount of picturesqueness to that part. Built without any apparent plan upon the sides of the hilly streets--as it were dropped at haphazard from the skies--these old dwellings have sufficient merit to require at least a passing word. One manygabled house, which adjoins another of almost equally quaint appearance, is certainly the wreck of a fine mansion. But its glories are departed, it is no longer the home of some wealthy cloth...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. SHEPTON MALLET, FROME, NORTON ST. PHILIP, ETC. From Glastonbury I proceeded to Shepton Mallet and Frome, leaving ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217876293

ISBN - 13:9780217876292

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