Five Villans, Eight Bordars & an Exon

Our next illustrated talk is coming up on Saturday 5th October.; 7.30 in the Village Hall.   
This time we will be travelling back to 1086 to see what the Domesday Book entries for Corston can – and cannot – tell us about the Saxo-Norman village.

We will also be looking at Corston’s place in the eleventh century Somerset economy, the particular contribution Corston made to the Domesday process and some aspects of the village that have remained almost unchanged over a thousand years.

As ever, tickets are available in advance from Martin Seymour & Diane Philips, or on the door on the night.

And yes, there is more than one Domesday entry for Corston, but to find out why you will have to join us!


Spring talk – The Langtons of Newton Park

Our spring talk is being given by Prof Graham Davis (lately of Bath Spa University).  Graham will be looking at the history of the Langton family who were the owners of Newton Park, outside Corston, for 300 years.

With their roots in the Bristol mercantile community, the family went onto include a Radical MP and a leading suffragist  before the estate was passed to the Duchy of Cornwall.

This fascinating story will be told on April 27th from 7.30pm at Corston Village Hall.  Tickets are £5 and as previously includes bread, cheese and soft drinks – for licensing reasons please bring your own wine, beer or cider!

Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Diane Phillips and Martin Seymour  in the village.  You can also email us at CorstonLHS@gmail.com to reserve your ticket.

Langton poster


Corston Village History Weekend

We are excited confirm that this year’s Village History Weekend will be taking place on April 21st & 22nd.

Entrance is free with exhibitions running in both the Village Hall and All Saints Church, giving you a chance to:

  • look at displays covering Corston’s History from prehistory to the present
  • discover new research on Corston’s Suffragists and Suffragettes
  • see the first material from our new oral history project – and register to be interviewed
  • learn about how we are trying to reconstruct the routes taken by the nineteenth century census officers
  • watch Corston’s development unfold through maps
  • visit Corston’s medieval daisywheel
  • explore the online Derek Richards Archive, being added to our website
  • “Add to the Archive” by letting us scan copies your photos and documents
  • find out more about our upcoming programme of walks and talks
  • contribute to the Corston Conservation Area Appraisal
  • take a break with tea, coffee and cakes
  • join Corston Local History Society if you are not already a member
Both the Village Hall and All Saints Church will be open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Corston Local History Society



Corston Village History Walk

Corston Local History Society’s  Village History Walk, led by Martin Seymour took place on a very wet Sunday afternoon in January.

The twenty six hardy society members visited key locations around the village, including the possible site of Corston’s medieval mill, and ended with welcome hot drinks at the church.

We will be re-running the walk in the summer or those of you wishing to see the sun on your way round!


The possible site of Corston Mill

Brookside & Wells Road

Corston Lane

The Barton

All Saints Church

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