Monthly talks on building history and vernacular architecture, with a emphasis on Somerset.
Guests are welcome. A suggested donation of £2 would be gratefully received by our treasurer for those that are not members.

Mary is now co-ordinating the programme and would appreciate suggestions of speakers / subjects / visits from you. meetings

All meetings are at The Meadway Hall, Compton Dundon at 7.30pm unless advised differently. - Map

Nearest post code TA11 6PQ
Latitude/Longitude 51.092802,-2.7368016
OS map ref ST485329

SVBRG - Program of events

Zoom meetings

These have now ended for the Summer. We now continue with some house visits. Hopefully we will return in the Autumn with live meetings.

Summer visits

Wednesday 18th May, 2pm - Rowlands Manor, TA19 9LE

We will be shown around this large 15th /16th century. house which grew steadily through the 16th century into what the Elizabethans fancied as a suitable establishment, making a courtyard to the rear. The grand two storey great hall has the remains of fine plasterwork including a frieze reciting “Trust in God and abyde in thy place….presynce of the Lord maketh men rich” and the arms of Elizabeth I. The house is being renovated by a new generation and so not all will be open, but we are most grateful to them for agreeing to show us around.

There is no need to book for this visit.

Directions to Rowlands, Ilminster, TA19 9LE

Post code usually works quite well.

From Taunton: take the A358 towards Ilminster. 7 1/2 miles after Junction 25 of the M5 turn left. It is the SECOND left turning signposted to Ilton. (It is NOT signposted to Barrington Court, that is the previous left turn). This is Cad Road. Follow the road as it meanders for 3/4 mile. You will come to large stone gate posts and a cattle grid on your right (just before a small hump backed bridge). Turn right up the drive and at the rear of the manor house turn left over another cattle grid.
Please park at the rear of the house and follow the gravel path around the house to the front door.

From Ilminster: take the A358 towards Taunton. after 3/4 mile take the first right turn signposted to Ilton. This is Cad Road. Follow the road as it meanders for 3/4 mile. You will come to large stone gate posts and a cattle grid on your right (just before a small hump backed bridge). Turn right up the drive and at the rear of the manor house turn left over another cattle grid.
Please park at the rear of the house and follow the gravel path around the house to the front door.

Hope to see you at 2:00pm. Whatever, my father, Peter Speke, will be there to greet you.

Wednesday 15th June, 2.30-4.30 - The George, Norton St Philip, BA2 7LH

The George is an iconic building of great beauty, charm and o much admired by people speeding through Norton St Philip on the main road. Started as a stone built cloth hall by the monks of nearby Charterhouse, it was highly profitable all through the medieval period and incrementally enlarged, the front half-timbered – arguably for show. After the dissolution its street frontage was much shortened but as an inn it continued to prosper with many high quality fixtures and fittings within.
It now belongs to Butcombe brewery and the manager has welcomed us for a visit, her only request being that we take a generous tea there.
We will be free to roam many of the rooms where available and hope to be allowed up into the cloth hall roof of 1431.
We are happy to send out plans and a history to anyone wanting to come, please apply to

Wednesday 20 July - Lower Cockhill

Visit to Lower Cockhill, Castle Cary with Will and Pippa Vaughan.
Dendro dated to 1425, beautifully restored by Will and Pippa Vaughan. Limit of 12 in the Painted Room, so we are having two visits, one at 4pm and one at 6pm.
Places must be reserved by emailing, the cost is £8 to include refreshments.

Full instructions will be sent to successful applicants.


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Other local meeting & talks

Martock Local History Group
They meet in Martock each month at the Primary School in Elmleigh Road. The meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Our aim is to have lectures during the winter months and organise visits, field walking and more outdoor activities during the summer.

Tintinhull Local History Group
All evening meetings 7.30pm Tintinhull Village Hall. Vicarage Street.(Unless otherwise stated). NON MEMBERS WELCOME - £3 entrance fee. - Members entrance fee £1.