Langport is an ancient market town in the heart of the Somerset Levels. Set in a rural landscape of rivers, moors and hills, it owes its historical importance to its strategic position at a crossing point on the River Parrett. The town is encircled by the river on one side and the more populous parish of Huish Episcopi on the other. The medieval Hanging Chapel and the former buildings of Kelways Nurseries illustrate the area's religious and commercial roots. The area's quiet atmosphere belies a thriving and sometimes turbulent past, including a major Civil War battle and a bank that once had a banknote circulation second only to the Bank of England. It is this mix of old and new that gives the Langport and Huish Episcopi area its unique character and charm, showing how much - or how little - the two intertwined communities have changed.
Janet is the author of a recent local history book: Kelway's Glorious: the history of a pioneering Somerset nursery (Picts Hill Publishing, 2011). She is also Chair of the Langport & District History Society, who are collaborating with her to produce this work. She currently lives in Langport.