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Colliers Way: history and walks in the Somerset coalfield, by Peter Collier. This book presents historical background, interviews with former miners and detailed descriptions of twelve walks. 2nd edition 1999, 160 pages, paperback, £6.95, ISBN 0-948578-43-2 

The West Mendip Way: a guide for walkers of the 30-mile footpath from Uphill to Wells, by Derek Moyes. Detailed description and route finding, together with sketch maps and photographs. 1999, 112 pages, paperback, £5.95, ISBN 0-948578-45-9 

The Day Returns: excursions in Wiltshire’s history, by John Chandler. The perfect dipping into book for all lovers of Wiltshire, packed with arcane facts, stories and characters presented in an entertaining and accessible way. 1998, 256 pages, paperback, £9.95, ISBN 0-948578-95-5

Exploring Historic Wiltshire, volume 2: South, by Ken Watts. Featuring six of the finest landscapes of rural south Wiltshire. Includes a series of guided walks. Reprinted 2001, 176 pages, paperback, £7.95, ISBN 0-948578-92-0 [note that volume 1: North is out of print]

Hosts of Ghosts, by Margaret Dobson and Simone Brightstein. First-hand evidence, without a shred of hearsay, of ghostly encounters in and around Bradford on Avon and West Wiltshire, collected by firmly sceptical authors who offer some thoughtful comments and invite a wide diversity of opinion. A refreshingly level-headed treatment of a fascinating subject. 2005, 160 pages, paperback, £6.95, ISBN 1-903341-29-9

The Marlborough Downs, by Ken Watts. The only book on the most accessible chalk downland in the county. Full of fascinating background and includes a series of guided walks. New edition 2003, 192 pages paperback, £9.95, ISBN 1-903341-15-9

The Mid-Wilts Way, by James Alsop. Guide to a new waymarked trail of 55 miles across Wiltshire. It traverses three of the county’s finest downland areas and passes through nine picturesque villages, runnig from Wootton Rivers via Morgans Hill, Steeple Ashton and Horningsham to Mere. 2007, 80pp, maps and ills, paperback, £5.95, ISBN 978-1-903341-42-1, £5.95

Bradford on Avon past and present, by Harold Fassnidge. New revised and updated edition by Roger Jones of the acclaimed history of one of Wiltshire’s most attractive and interesting towns. Bradford on Avon, well known for its Saxon church and medieval barn, retains also a wealth of domestic and industrial buildings from its clothmaking past, and has recently been the scene of important Roman archaeological discoveries, which are included in this new edition of the standard history. 2007, 192pp, many ills, paperback, £9.95, ISBN 978-1-903341-30-8

Pewsey Rambles: Walks on the Pewsey downs and surrounding area, by James Alsop. The Pewsey downs are remarkable for their steep, sudden slopes, dramatic views, various hilltop summits and historic features. Combined with their unspoilt character, they arguably represent the finest downland scenery in Wiltshire and beyond. This practical guide describes twelve walks of varying lengths, with directions, maps and suggestions for longer walks. 2008, 80pp, ills and maps, paperback, £5.95, ISBN 978-1-906641-03-0

Wiltshire Buildings Record

Between 1988 and 2001 four monographs drawing on the Record’s archive and written by its then organizer, vernacular architecture authority Pamela Slocombe, were published and remain in print. Small but packed with information and brimming with relevant illustrations, they have all become standard works for the understanding of Wiltshire buildings. These are supplemented by two directories of local architects.  Other books published by Hobnob Press on behalf of the Wiltshire Buildings Record appear on the main Hobnob Press pages.

Wiltshire Farmhouses and Cottages 1500-1850, 1988 (reprinted 2000), 72 pages, paperback, £6.00, ISBN 0-9509099-5-5

Wiltshire Farm Buildings 1500-1900, 1989, 80 pages, paperback, £5.00, ISBN 0-9509099-6-3

Medieval Houses of Wiltshire, 1992, 110 pages, paperback, £6.00, ISBN 0-7509-0285-X

Wiltshire Town Houses 1500-1900, 2001, 112 pages, paperback, £6.00, ISBN 1-903341-75-0

In addition the Record has published two lists of Wiltshire architects and building craftsmen:

Architects and Building Craftsmen with work in Wiltshire, edited by Pamela Slocombe. An index, arranged by architect, compiled by Donald Watts, Barbara Rogers and others. Includes an introduction, portraits, place-index and reproductions of advertisements.1996, 132pp, paperback, £6.00, ISBN 0-9527933-0-X.

Architects and Building Craftsmen with work in Wiltshire, vol. 2, by Pamela Slocombe.Volume 2 greatly expands the previous work, and in some instances corrects it, with many previously unlisted craftsmen. Thousands of Wiltshire buildings are included, and there is a particular emphasis on the Swindon area. 2006, 200pp, ills, paperback, £8.00, ISBN 0-9527933-1-8

Wiltshire Record Society

Distribution and direct sales of new and recent volumes (from volume 52, 1998) in this respected and authoritative record-publishing society’s series have been handled by Hobnob Press. Copies of most earlier volumes (many at reduced prices) are still available directly from the Society, c/o Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham SN15 3QN, from whom a list of WRS publications and membership application form are also available. The following volumes are available from Hobnob Press at £20.00 each, including UK postage. All are hardback, with attractive uniform jackets.

52. Printed maps of Wiltshire, 1787-1844, edited by John Chandler. Includes facsimiles of Charles Greenwood’s map of Wiltshire, 1820; the Wiltshire portion of Archibald Robertson’s map of the Bath road, 1792; maps of the Kennet and Avon, and Wilts and Berks canals, 1793; Philip Crocker’s maps of south Wiltshire hundreds for Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 1822-44; and several small-scale county maps; with introduction and detailed index. 1998. pp. xxvii 264, maps. ISBN 0-901333-29-8.

53. Monumental inscriptions of Wiltshire: an edition, in facsimile, of Monumental inscriptions in the county of Wilton, by Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1822, edited by Peter Sherlock. First published in an edition of only six copies, this work records thousands of epitaphs, including many subsequently destroyed or defaced. Now comprehensively indexed for the first time, this edition is an invaluable genealogical and historical tool. 2000, pp.xxii, 458. ISBN 0-901333-30-1.

54. The first general entry book of the city of Salisbury, 1387-1452, edited by D.R. Carr. One of the earliest English city minute books to survive, albeit in poor condition, this document contains valuable and unique information about the administration and the social and economic life of Salisbury at the height of its medieval prosperity and importance. 2001, pp.xxxvi, 316. ISBN 0-901333-31-X.

55. Devizes division income tax assessments, 1842-1860, edited by Robert Colley. The survival of these assessments, which should have been destroyed, is probably unique, and of national importance for understanding the operation of Victorian income tax in the context of a country town and its surroundings. The returns shed fascinating detail on the fortunes of businesses and professional people in Devizes and many villages in central Wiltshire over nearly twenty years. 2002, pp.xxxvi, 294. ISBN 0-901333-32-8.

56. Wiltshire glebe terriers, edited by Steven Hobbs. This calendar of all known terriers, in preparation for many years, provides invaluable and unique information about the agricultural history and topography of each Wiltshire parish, as well as an insight into the livelihoods of the clergy between the 16th and 18th centuries. 2003, pp.xxiv, 554. ISBN 0-901333-33-6.

57. Wiltshire farming in the seventeenth century, edited by Joseph Bettey. This volume makes available a collection of farm accounts and other documents which illustrate the husbandry, crops, livestock, labour, and farming methods of Wiltshire during the seventeenth century. The material included ranges from manorial court rolls and surveys to stewards’ accounts, enclosure agreements, correspondence, tithe dues, market records and probate inventories. Less conventional products are also considered, such as woad and rabbit warrens, and evidence is presented for agricultural improvements such as floated water meadows, enclosure and burnbaking. 2005, pp. xlviii, 376. ISBN 0-901333-34-4.

58. Early motor vehicle registration in Wiltshire, 1903-1914, edited by Ian Hicks. This volume presents a calendar of the surviving records of motor car and motor cycle registration in Wiltshire from 1903 to the end of 1914. The records give details of the cars and motor cycles, their owners and changes of ownership. Their value to anyone studying early motor vehicle ownership in the county will be obvious, since they depict the geographical and social patterns of vehicles and their owners at the dawn of motoring. They are also of more specific interest, to the local historian who is constructing an account of a parish, to family historians enquiring into their ancestors’ mobility, to those interested in the popularity of early vehicle manufacturers and models and, incidentally, as an aid to dating and locating early photographs. June 2006, 576pp, hardback, £20.00. ISBN 0-901333-35-2.

59. Marlborough probate inventories, 1591-1775, edited by Lorelei Williams and Sally Thomson. Probate inventories were compiled in order to list and value an individual’s household possessions and business stock at the time of their death. As such they offer graphic evidence of the living standards and commercial activities of the middling and upper classes of a community over a long period. This volume includes all surviving inventories (over 450 in total) for one of Wiltshire’s most important and thriving towns, Marlborough, together with Preshute, its suburban and rural hinterland. Fully indexed, it includes also a comprehensive and detailed glossary, which will be invaluable to all students of social and domestic history of the 17th and 18th centuries. March 2007, 430pp, ills, hardback. ISBN 978-0-901333-36-0

60. The Hungerford Cartulary part 2: a calendar of the Hobhouse Cartulary of the Hungerford family, edited by J L Kirby. The Hungerford family was prominent in Wiltshire in the later 14th century, and accumulated extensive landholdings in Wiltshire and Somerset, centred on Heytesbury and Farleigh Hungerford. At least three cartularies were made to record their title to their estates. Secular cartularies survive more rarely than those of religious bodies: it is unusual that there are two cartularies for the Hungerfords virtually complete and a third as a fragment. A calendar of that known from its later owners as the Radnor Cartulary was published by the Wiltshire Record Society in 1994. The Hobhouse Cartulary, here calendared, was given to the Somerset Archaeological Society by Henry Hobhouse. It includes deeds which are not in the Radnor Cartulary. The third, fragmentary cartulary, which is included in the present edition, was probably made by the third Lord Hungerford’s mother as part of her attempt to restore the family’s fortunes. November 2007, 208pp, hardback. ISBN 978-0-901333-37-7

61. The Court Records of Brinkworth and Charlton, 1544-1648, edited by Douglas Crowley. Charlton and Brinkworth are adjoining clayland parishes in north Wiltshire bordering the medieval forest of Braydon. Both were medieval possessions of Malmesbury Abbey which descended during the Tudor and early Stuart periods through the same ownership to the earls of Berkshire. Extensive court records of these and neighbouring manors survive from the period 1544-1648, and these illuminate many aspects of the social and agricultural life of these communities, as well as the procedures and complexities of post-medieval manorial courts. The documents, here calendared in English and fully indexed, are prefaced by a substantial introduction which explains in detail the working of the courts in the context of the local economy and society, and will be of great value to anyone interested in parish government during the early modern period. June 2009, viii, 478pp, hardback. ISBN 978-0-901333-39-1

62. The Diary of William Henry Tucker, 1825-1850, edited by Helen Rogers. William Henry Tucker was born in Trowbridge in 1814 and worked his way up the local cloth manufacturing ladder to become in later life a successful clothier. Through his teens and twenties he kept a candid diary of personal and local events, which he called his ‘Reminiscences of Departed Years’. Although the original is now lost, Helen Rogers was able to make a typed transcript, and this she has now edited for publication. Covering the years 1825-50 it offers a unique insight into the social, in-tellectual, religious and working life of a busy, close-knit industrial town around the beginning of the Victorian era. June 2009, xxiii, 260pp, hardback. ISBN 978-0-901333-38-4

63. Gleanings from Wiltshire Parish Registers, edited by Steven Hobbs, 2010, hardback. ISBN 978-0-901333-40-7 [more details to follow]

64. William Small's Cherished Memories and Associations, edited by Jane Howells and Ruth Newman, 2011, hardback. ISBN 978-0-901333-41-4 [more details to follow]

65. Crown Pleas of the Wiltshire Eyre, edited by Brenda Farr and Christopher Elrington, revised and with an introduction by Henry Summerson. October 2012, xcv, 196pp, hardback. ISBN 978-0-901333-42-1 [more details to follow]

Wiltshire County Council

In collaboration with interested bodies Wiltshire County Council, Libraries & Heritage has published paperback editions of Victoria County History articles relating to specific places. The text was reset (by Hobnob Press), extra illustrations included and new indexes prepared. The results are attractive and authoritative histories in a handy and economical format.

A History of Malmesbury, by Jane Freeman and Aelred Watkin. Includes not only the histories of Malmesbury and Westport, first published in 1991 in VCH Wilts, vol. 14, but also the earlier account of Malmesbury Abbey and two medieval hospitals, published in 1956 in VCH Wilts, vol. 3. 1999, 240pp, ills, maps, paperback, £9.75. ISBN 0-86080-444-5

A History of Devizes, by Ralph Pugh. Pugh’s masterly history, first published in 1975 in VCH Wilts, vol. 10, with notes on two medieval hospitals. 2001, 288pp, ills, maps, paperback, £11.50. ISBN 0-86080-450-X

A History of Amesbury, Bulford and Durrington, by D A Crowley, R B Pugh, and Janet H Stevenson. Histories of three adjacent parishes on Salisbury Plain, first published in 1995 in VCH Wilts, vol. 15, together with the history of Amesbury Priory, published in 1956 in VCH Wilts, vol. 3. 2003, 236pp, ills, maps, paperback, £9.75. ISBN 0-86080-444-5

Other Publications

A Retiring Collection, by Ray Skinner. These essays by a prolific local historian working in north Wiltshire were collected for him to give to his friends and mark his retirement from writing. The 46 papers and shorter pieces range over local and family history, medieval topics, music, travel and maritime history, with an emphasis on Wiltshire, the West Country and County Durham. A substantial illustrated paperback, prepared for the author by Hobnob Press. 2004, 332pp, £20.00 [no ISBN]

Plenderleath’s Memoranda of Cherhill, edited by John Reis. Rev William Plenderleath was rector of Cherhill beneath the Marlborough Downs from 1860 to 1891, and during the later years of his ministry there com-piled memoranda, to be a record of ‘what an English country village was in the 19th century, as portrayed by one who had the best opportunities of knowing’. It is a charming portrait of Wiltshire country life (previously unpublished) recorded by a deeply understanding and intelligent mind. Published by Fulmer Publishing, Compton Bassett, 2001, 172pp, ills, paperback, at £10.50, NOW OFFERED AT £5.00. ISBN 1-903979-05-6

Forgotten Harvest: the story of cheesemaking in Wiltshire, by Avice R Wilson. Avice, whose history of farmworkers in Wiltshire has just been published by Hobnob Press (see New Titles leaflet), wrote and privately published this thorough and absorbing account of Wiltshire cheese in 1995. North Wiltshire until the 20th century was predominantly dairying country, and a cheese, the very existence of which is now largely forgotten, was its staple product. 1995, 218pp, many ills, paperback, NOW OFFERED AT £5.00. ISBN 0-9526544-0-7

An Historical Guide to Malmesbury, by Charles Vernon. This generously illustrated and informative account of Malmesbury is arranged as two guided walks – one around the town itself, and the other around its outlying suburbs. Published by Malmesbury Civic Trust in 2005, 159pp, many ills and maps, paperback, was £8.00, NOW OFFERED AT £5.00. ISBN 0-9536692-1-1

Bath Stone: a quarry history, by J W Perkins, T Brooks and AE McR Pearce. A brief but still useful account, with many maps and illustrations, of this all-important industry in the area around Corsham and Box. Published by University College Cardiff, 1979, 54pp, ills, NOW OFFERED AT £3.00. ISBN 0-906230-26-8

A Gathering of Gardens: fifty years of gardens across the world, 1939-1989, by Rosamund Willoughby. Author's memoir of half a century's experience with all kinds of gardens, in Wiltshire, Shropshire, York and the Home Counties, in Austria, Egypt, Aden and Hong Kong. Privately published in 1996, 96pp, many ills, NOW OFFERED AT £3.00. No ISBN.

Sherrington: a Wiltshire Village, by Rosamund Willoughby. History of a small parish in the upper Wylye valley near Warminster, which the author has known for most of her long life. She describes with insight and affection every aspect of village life and institutions. Profusely illustrated. Privately published in 1998, 112pp, NOW OFFERED AT £5.00. ISBN 0-9529879-0-2