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Robert Coggan



Under 18yrs

Under 14


Expires 30/09/2024

Welcome to the South Petherton Local History Group

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The Group arranges talks and visits relating to the history of South Petherton and the surrounding areas. Meetings are held from September to May on the 4th Thursday of each month, starting at 7.30pm. These take place in The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Please us the side entrance on Roundwell Steet - this has level access.

We have a full programme of speakers - see details below.

The Group owns the archive of Whites Stores, South Petherton's pharmacy & general store for many years in the 20th century. If you would like to search this archive, please email us.

We have produced a booklet, “Explore South Petherton’s Past”, which guides you around several walks in the village, describing the history of what you see. Price £3 (+ p&p where appropriate).

We also have two out-of-print books available on a USB stick. These are: "South Petherton in the Twentieth Century - A Village Album” by local contributors (2000), and “South Petherton in the Olden Time” by Dr. Hugh Norris (1879). Price £5 (+ p&p where appropriate).

Both the booklet and USB stick can be purchased at any of our monthly meetings, or contact us via email to arrange delivery of a copy. The booklet is also available to purchase from SP library.

The Group is a member of the British Association for Local History (BALH) and the Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society (SANHS). By becoming a member of SPLHG you will receive newsletters and other useful information from these associations, forwarded by email.


2024/2025 Meetings

All meetings are held at The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA, starting at 7.30pm.

16th May 2024   “John Nicholetts & his Family, Solicitor of South Petherton” with Sheila Coggan

** Summer Break **

26th Sep 2024    AGM, followed by "Bishop Francis Godwin, the Author of the first British Science Fiction Story, 'The Man in the Moone'" with Paull Robathan - NB: AGM STARTS AT 7.15pm

24th Oct 2024     "The Arrival and Establishment of Saxons in Somerset in the 5th to 10th Centuries" with Denny Robins

28th Nov 2024    "The History of the Pleasure Gardens of Yeovil" with Joseph Lewis

23rd Jan 2025    "The World of Edward Phelips V of Montacute (1725-1797)" with Mary Chisholm

27th Feb 2025    "The Treasurer's House in Martock" with David Maclean

27th Mar 2025    "Legacies of Slavery - some local Somerset Links" with Chris Dickinson

24th Apr 2025     "Somerset's Role in the Second World War" with Andrew Powell-Thomas

22nd May 2025   "Members' Miscellany" ...........an opportunity for members to share local research or discoveries

There is a small entry charge for each meeting, payable at the entrance desk. Alternatively, take out our annual membership which entitles you to free admission to all of the above meetings, and you will also be kept up to date on Group news & other events by email. The Subscription year starts on the 1st October.

                                                                Per Meeting    or    Annual Membership
                 Adult (18yrs & over)                     £3                                £10
                 Under 18yrs                                £1.50                              £5
                 Under 14yrs                                 Free                              Free

If you live away from South Petherton, or do not attend regular meetings, why not register as a “Friend”? You will be kept up to date on Group news & other events by email. There is no charge for registering as a “Friend”, although any donation to help with costs would be very much appreciated.

To join as a Member or Friend, please contact our Membership Secretary (splhg.membership@gmail.com)

Last revised 7th May 2024