The Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne enjoyed a fascinating talk by local author David Bryant at their monthly meeting. Retired baker David Bryant formerly of Bryant & Son Bakers has sold over 400,000 copies of his Crewkerne Through Time – making it the No1 Best Selling Colour Local History Series. David has written several books about the local area which he sells to support Crewkerne Hospital and Merriott Church.
David Bryant told members of the Inner Wheel Club about the history of Bryants’ Bakery and other shops in Crewkerne’s relatively recent history. His slide shows depicting a thriving market town, when the market was in West Street, were described as “fascinating.” In the ‘olden days’ all the streets in Crewkerne had their full complement of local butcher, baker, grocers, gents and ladies outfitters, tobacconists, iron-mongers, chemists, toy shop, laundries and more, with every different type of shop appearing to have at least one premises in the town.
The slides also showed the wonderful architecture of the town’s buildings, many of which have been replaced by less attractive modern edifices and very little traffic on the roads as few people owned a motor car in those days. A spokesperson for the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne said: “Comparing that to today is very illuminating as to how times have changed and it was great to see slides of the railway station which showed the 1948 steam locomotive named Crewkerne.”