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Welcome to the website of the Langport & District History Society.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the fascinating history of Langport and its neighbouring areas, in the heart of the Somerset Levels. This small town was home to Walter Bagehot, the famous Victorian constitutional and financial writer; the scene of a major Civil War battle, and where a local banking company once had a banknote circulation second only to the Bank of England.

Here are some of the things we do. Follow the links for more details

  • We hold monthly meetings to which visiting speakers are invited to give illustrated talks on subjects of historical interest on Langport and the surrounding area, as well as on topics of more general historical interest.
  • We arrange visits to places of interest in the region. Details are on our Visits page.
  • We do local history research, from answering queries about Langport’s past, to more substantial projects, such as publishing Langport and Huish Episcopi through time and Not just names.
  • Every February we publish Level Talk, a compilation of articles on local history. Some past issues are available here.
The Hanging Chapel
  • We have a collection of digital photos of local interest.
  • New members and visitors are always welcome. If you'd like to join, details of how to do that are given here.
  • Our talks programme is listed here. Any changes will also be noted on the News page.
  • You can read accounts of our past talks here.
  • For details of our other projects and activities, click here.
  • Details of our publications and how to obtain them are available here.
  • We publish quizzes, available locally, to raise money for the Society. Details are here.