Somerset captured in nostalgic volume

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 May 2012

Brean Down.

Brean Down.

The History Press

THE landscape of Somerset is constantly evolving, with some of the biggest changes occurring in the last century.

In a nostalgic volume of evocative images, Somerset Then & Now will release a variety of black and white photos which are compared and contrasted with the modern colour photographs of the vibrant villages, towns and cities of modern Somerset.

The pictures of past and present Somerset are accompanied by insightful commentary from Nick Chipchase, which takes the reader on a journey through the area and its powerful history.

Including towns and villages such as Brean Down, East Brent and Burnham all the key areas of the country are covered in this captivating volume.

All of the old photos in this book were taken by local photographer, Henry Montague Cooper, between 1904 and 1906, who owned one of the country’s first motorcars and toured with his camera to create an archive.

Readers will be able to witness the people of the past juxtaposed against their modern descendants and have the chance to see unpublished archive photographs and postcards.

Somerset Then & Now, priced £12.99 will be published by The History Press on Tuesday and is available for pre-order from Amazon.

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