Taunton is the largest town in the county of Somerset and boasts a rich and fascinating history that can be archaeologically traced back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The Saxons and Normans, events such as the English Civil War and Monmouth Rebellion, the medieval cloth trade, the Victorian era, and twentieth-century planners have all left their mark on the town. This book combines more than ninety archive photographs and old picture postcards of the streets, buildings, and people of Taunton with contemporary photographs of the town as it looks now. In this volume you can see Taunton as your forefathers may have seen it; compare those scenes with images of the town today, and discover something of the rich history that Taunton, the county town of Somerset, has to offer.
Simon Haines was born and raised in Somerset. After almost two decades years away from the county studying and teaching Archaeology, History, and English as a Foreign Language at universities elsewhere in the UK and in Central Europe he has recently returned to live and work in rural Somerset. The vintage images included in this volume have been sourced from his extensive archive of over ten thousand historic glass plate negatives and images of the West of England, and former German territories in present-day Poland.