From the Chairman: My apologies for the lak of updating of the website recently, but I have been unwell. Thank you all of those of you who have sent me best wishes. I can report I am fighting fit again and I trust that things will now return to normal. Malcolm Daniels

Before listing our next Friends event, I would like to help promote the South West Heritage Trust Manoral Documents Event at at the Somerset Heritage Centre on Saturday 18th April from 2 pm.

The Somerset Manorial Documents Register project was finished at the end of December, after 19 months of hard work by Scott Pettitt. We hope that the new database will be available on The National Archives’ website ( at the end of next week. We are holding an event on the afternoon of Saturday 18th April to celebrate the end of Somerset project and the start of the Devon project.

If you would like to come along to find out more about the project and what you can learn from manorial records, and see our exhibition of manorial records, some free places are still available and you would be very welcome to attend. The event starts promptly at 2.00pm and will finish at 5.00pm. The timetable for the afternoon is below.

If you would like to come, please let us know by phoning Reception on 01823 278805 or emailing Places are on a “first come, first served” basis!


2.00 pm-2.20 pm Tom Mayberry (Chief Executive, South West Heritage Trust): Welcome and Introduction

2.20 pm -2.40 pm Liz Hart (Senior Advisor (Manorial), The National Archives): The National Manorial Documents Register (MDR) Project

2.40 pm-3.10 pm Scott Pettitt (Somerset MDR Archivist): The Somerset Manorial Documents Register Project

3.10 pm-3.30 pm Scott Pettitt: Demonstration of the Somerset MDR database and questions

3.30 pm-3.50 pm Tea/Coffee

3.50 pm-4.10 pm Exhibition of documents in the searchroom

4.10 pm-4.45 pm Mary Siraut (Editor, Victoria County History of Somerset): Looking at Somerset Manors

4.45 pm-4.50 pm Todd Gray (Devon historian and trustee of the South West Heritage Trust): The Devon MDR Project

4.50 pm-5.00 pm Summing up and Close


The Next Friends Event is a talk by Dr. Jane Tall about the Hyltons of Ammerdown to be held at Somerset Heritage Centre on April 22nd at 7 pm.

The Hyltons of Ammerdown were the Joliffe family. The Joliffe family held extensive lands in the Kilmersdon area of Somerset. Their fascinating lives range from coal-mining, to politics, engineering and local history. They also had family feuds and the archives reflect all of these stories. Janet will tell us about their fascinating story.

Details of further events can be found under Our programme of Events by clicking here


Transcribing the Tithe Apportionments of Somerset Parishes

Tithe CombinedAn update to the list of the tithe apportionments that have been completed is available under Tithe Award Details from the menu system on the left of this page, or you can go straight to the page by clicking here. These awards are available to view at the Somerset Heritage Centre by request.

Join our transcription team!
If anyone would like to join our transcribing team by transcribing a parish of your choice that has not already been done, please contact Jenni by clicking here. There are two ways of transcribing - one at the Heritage Centre using original documents, or at home using folios sent by email. The choice is yours!

The task is not too taxing, does not need great computing skills and can be done in your own time - there is no rush to complete the job. We will give you full instructions and indeed answer any queries or try to solve any problems that you might have. If you are already a transcriber and would also like, perhaps, to do another parish, please contact Jenni by clicking here.

The Friends of Somerset Archives and the Dickinson Archive

The archive of the Dickinson family of Kingweston, is a large important collection held at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

In December 2011, volunteers from the Friends of Somerset Archives began the arduous task of flattening the thousands of documents previously contained within the hundreds of bundles. The enthusiasm of the team became very evident, enabling them to finish the flattening process 2 months earlier than expected, April 2012, when the seven volunteers divided into two groups. For a current update on the Dickinson Project either go to our Projects Menu on the left or click here to go directly to the page.

If you would like to help with either the conservation work or the indexing please contact Liz Grant at the Somerset Heritage Centre,

Odd footnote to the Dickinson Project - The emptying of the cellar - and other oddities - click here to see more!


Any suggestions or comments about the website should be emailed by clicking here to - Malcolm Daniels, webmaster.