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Did you know that Somerset had its own Tsunami 400 years ago, that the Christmas card, the WC and ‘Frankenstein’ originated here, or that the smallest city in England is located in Somerset? This fun book is packed full of tall tales and an abundance of trivia from the county.
Somerset is a south-western county in England that borders Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west. It’s a rural county of rolling hills such as the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land, including the Somerset Levels.
For further factual information on the county’s geography or history, or to discover which well-known places you should visit and why, may I politely invite you to head for the enormous amount of excellent tourist guide books and local history volumes – expertly researched and complied by scholars and serious travel writers – which you will surely find in any good library or bookshop.
No, it’s not our purpose here to share with you the recognised facts about Somerset. Instead, for these Tales and Trivia books we’ve delighted in rummaging about to seek out the more peculiar, funny, off-the-wall or lesser known titbits about the county’s people, places, objects, customs and history.
We hope that these morsels will not only add to your enjoyment of Somerset but will also surprise, entertain, or flabbergast you … or at least give you something to talk about when you next find yourself lost for words!
So from fairy woods to follies, WCs to tsunamis and architectural eccentricities, these pages will show you a Somerset crying out to be explored from a different angle. You don’t have to read the book sequentially from beginning to end – just dip in and out as the fancy takes you … and happy reading!
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Linda Fernley