Welcome to the Hobnob Press Website        

Hobnob Press

is a publisher of books chiefly about Wiltshire, Dorset and the surrounding region, owned and run by local historian Dr John Chandler. In its present form it has been publishing since 2001, although its origins go back to 1983. On these webpages you will find details of all Hobnob titles currently available, books produced by Hobnob Press for other organisations and individuals, information for prospective authors, and an ISBN listing of all titles ever published by Hobnob Press. I do not at present offer an online ordering and payment facility, but most titles, including those now out of print, can readily be obtained through retail and online booksellers. Oh, and in case you are wondering, Hobnob has nothing to do with biscuits ― it took its name (in 1983, long before the biscuits) from that of the hobby horse that accompanied Salisbury’s processional giant, now in Salisbury Museum.

Still Hobnobbing . . .
Publishing has always been only one of several local history activities that I pursue, and between 2011 and 2016 most of my time was taken up in developing, as county editor, the work of the Victoria County History in Gloucestershire. For this reason my typesetting and publishing output has been reduced. Now that this workload has diminished (although I am still working for the VCH in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire) I plan to revive Hobnob Press, and hope to produce new editions of some of my own work. as print-on-demand titles, as well as important new works of local and regional history. I also help colleagues and friends in the local history world to self-publish print-on-demand titles, and details of recent collaborations are also to be found here. Please explore this redesigned website, in which I highlight new and recent titles, and past successes.


Local history publishing, in common with all forms of information management and academic exchange, has entered new and exciting but uncharted waters, and it is very unclear how this sector will develop. My hope is that Hobnob Press will continue to play an enlightened part in that development, and I welcome your views on my approach. Thank you for visiting this site.

John Chandler BA PhD FSA

Hobnob Press

8 Lock Warehouse

Severn Road



PLEASE NOTE that previous addresses in East Knoyle and Stroud no longer apply.

If you have any queries  please contact John Chandler





trade information: Gardners currently distribute my books. Print on demand titles are produced by Lightning Source and are available from them via distributors. My ISBN prefixes are 978-0-946418- (conventional print) and 978-1-906978- (print on demand).


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