Street's reputation for being England's largest village has become more and more contradictory. It has facilities that many towns could envy: live theatre, public pools, hotels, and a famous shopping centre that attracts tourists worldwide. Yet it manages to keep features that 'Streetonians' feel comfortable with. The lengthy High Street has many 'proper' shops, and many old landmarks survive to this day. Street's origins stretch back to prehistoric times, and the primitive icthyosaurus excavated locally is the official modern emblem. You can mingle with the tourists or buy groceries in a little old shop with stone floors, the choice is yours. Thus, there is much more than shopping to this cheerful and busy place, ever-changing but also unchanging, and Street Through Time tells its story.
Muriel V. Mudie is the author of several local history books including Lost Lines: Anthology of Britain's Lost Railways, John Ireland: The Man and his Music, West County History: Somerset, Beckenham in Old Picture Postcards and several other railway histories. She writes a regular column in the local paper and gives talks locally. She comes from an old Street family of 200 years, and is a member of the Street Society. She lives in Street.