A book on Crewkerne Architecture, focusing on the reasons why the buildings came into being, was successfully launched at Crewkerne Museum on Saturday morning. Crewkerne Architecture, Commerce: The Economic Driver written by professional architect Peter Wingrave has already sold over 70 copies. The book covers how industry and commerce has played a ‘pivotal role’ in the development of Crewkerne and the surrounding villages, beginning with the creation of the road infrastructure by the Romans that allowed for easy transportation of men and goods.

It continues through history, covering the Tudors, Reformation and beyond, the Georgian style with the wool and flax industries, the Victorian town traders, to the early 20th Century and up to the modern age. A special mention is given to Crewkerne’s Crown Jewel – St Bartholomew’s church. Throughout the book, colour photographs and black and white images help the reader to envisage what life was like in the town throughout the ages and to understand how the conversion of certain historic buildings has helped to shape the town today.

Crewkerne Architecture, Commerce: The Economic Driver is published by Crewkerne & District Museum & Heritage Centre. It is available to buy at £7.50 from the museum, LIC in the town hall and from Phoenix Books in the George Shopping Centre. The project was funded by the bequest of Kathy Herriman. Janet Harris, administrator at Crewkerne Museum said: “It has followed on from the exhibition of the same title last year, which had such a good response that it seemed an appropriate time to put all this information in a book.”

Author Peter Wingrave said: “Architecture in Crewkerne reflects the social history of all social classes. It has been a great joy and I have learnt a lot more about Crewkerne and the lives of the people, lived through the ages.” Crewkerne Museum is currently offering free admission on Fridays during August, when visitors will have the opportunity to look through and purchase the new book.

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