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The Annals of West Coker by Matthew Nathan

By Matthew Nathan

After a lifetime of public provider Sir Matthew Nathan retired to the Manor of West Coker close to Yeovil in Somerset. He constructed a willing curiosity in his new domestic; he begun first to examine it, then to deepen and widen his learn, after which to show his wisdom into this attached account, which used to be initially released in 1957. The neighborhood resources - the manorial files of his personal property, the parish and county documents - have been very wealthy. With nice thoroughness he integrated them in a neighborhood background of the realm as much as the 19th century. approximately all of the forces which have an effect on the affairs of the country should be traced within the files of the realm. it truly is neighborhood and beginner historical past, yet of the simplest calibre, and there's a lot to curiosity historians drawn to neighborhood files. those are liberally quoted and there are distinctive maps.

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2 IO SOUTH SOMERSET I N EARLY AGES a good view of the open country all round. Two rooms had geometrically patterned mosaic floors and a third was floored with red tiles. The stucco walls were painted and the roof tiled. Debris of no special interest was found on the site and a copper coin of the middle of the fourth century not far away from it. D. 250 and 380, justify the assumption that within what is now the parish of Chard there was a villa of the third or fourth century and possibly another house.

3 Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, p. 329. 4 Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names (1 936), pp. 109, r ro. 2-2 T H E ANNALS OF WEST COKER Udecombe o r Odecombe i s either the Anglo-Saxon personal name Ude o r the word in that language wudu, ' wood ' , combined with the British loan-word cumb, ' valley' . Hardington, Sutton, Brympton and Preston, or in their older forms, Hardintone, Sutone or Sutune, Brometons or Brunetone and Preste­ tone, are clearly of Anglo-Saxon derivation. Thus British names of natural features or Saxon personal names, and sometimes both, gave rise to settlement names.

106. 7 T H E A N N A L S OF W E S T C O K E R was withdrawn from watching it, and its headquarters established at Glaevum (Gloucester). By the year 62 the dangerous British rebellion was crushed, peace was restored and the conquest of Britain, except of Wales beyond the Severn and of the north beyond the Trent and Ouse, was complete. D. 6 1 may have delayed the completion of the Fosse Way but there is reason to believe that, at any rate by the death of Nero, successor to Claudius, in 68, it was finished with its two southern branches.

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