The Wincanton and District Museum and Heritage Society held its AGM on the 25th January followed by a very interesting talk by Graham Miller, and his wife Laura, entitled The History of Shepton Mallet prison. Around 35 people were in attendance.
Shepton Mallet prison closed in 2013, after approximately 400 years is service. At the time of its closure it was the oldest operating prison in the United Kingdom. It had held, at any one time, 189 prisoners. But this Grade 11 Listed Building has a vast history.
On Friday 23rd November 2018 The Wincanton and District Museum and History Society, held a very interesting talk by Phillip Scholfield, entitled “Paul Maze, the Last of the Impressionists”.
Phillip Schofield had first come across this remarkable man whilst a schoolboy – finding Paul Maze’s book in the school library. This led to a lifelong interest in his paintings, and his life.
In this issue:
- Historical Talks
- Latest Acquisitions
- Research Projects
- Other Somerset Museums
- Military Matters
In 1948 a momentous marriage took place between a black African chief and a white Englishwoman. This scandalised so many that it nearly caused the downfall of the Atlee Government, the break up of the Commonwealth and the British production of atomic bombs. Continue reading
Our AGM took place promptly at 7.pm and our Chairman Nigel Fox presented a report for the year which included the news that he and others have been investigating possibilities for the museum to expand in conjunction with the library, Continue reading
On Friday 26th May 2017, to an audience of around 25 people, Gill D’Arcy gave her third, and final talk, on her life in Wincanton. Entitled Bringing my Life up-to-date, Continue reading
On 30th June 2017 Tony Goddard gave a very interesting talk to the Wincanton Museum and History Society in the Memorial Hall, entitled Wincanton Soldiers at Passchendaele. Continue reading
31st March 2017
We had an excellent turnout of some 60 members and visitors to the Wincanton Museum and History Society talk given by Mike Beale, tyhe extremely well informed and dedicated member of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust. Continue reading
On the 23rd September 2016, in the Wincanton Memorial Hall; Peter Fitzgearld will give a talk on,
Nathaniel Ireson has long deserved to be restored to his rightful place as one of the leading West Country architects of the early 18th century, and in Peter FitzGerald he has found an author worthy of his achievements.
Peter FitzGerald, who lives near Wincanton and has a particular interest in architecture, has undertaken extensive research which has uncovered the very large number of houses, churches and other buildings on which Ireson worked.
Peter FitzGerald’s patient research has unearthed evidence of at least forty other houses that Ireson designed, many of them in the Provincial Baroque style that was his hallmark. One of the book’s strengths is the detailed appendix listing the buildings on which Ireson worked. Ireson made his home in Wincanton, where he set up a delft pottery. He carved church monuments and played a crucial role in the rebuilding of Blandford Forum after the Great Fire of 1731. By the time of his death in 1769, he was a highly regarded architect, whose legacy lives on throughout the West Country.
Peter makes a strong case for the importance of this neglected architect-builder-entrepreneur, who became Wincanton’s biggest employer and principal citizen.
It is sad that his name is no longer known outside the town, but Peter FitzGerald’s fascinating new book – Nathaniel Ireson of Wincanton, Architect, Master Builder and Potter – should redress that situation (and raise money to restore the imposing Ireson statue in Wincanton churchyard).
Wincanton Memorial Hall 23rd September 2016 7.30 PM
Cost; £5 Non Members, £2 Members