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Midsomer Norton Society

Researching and appreciating our history

Influencing the present and future development of our town

Diary & Events 2017/18

Membership is £8.00 per head per year for those in full time employment, couples £11 per year combined membership. Concessionary rates for those not in full time employment are £6.00 per year per hear per year and couples £9.00 per year combined membership. Membership runs from June to June.  There is an attendance fee of £2 for members and £4 for visitors and guests each meeting payable on the door.




Thurs. 19th April, 7.30pm – Town Hall WHO WAS FREDERICK STUKELEY SAVAGE

Paul Myers


At the heart of Midsomer Norton is a rare Crimean War memorial but until now little has been known about Major Frederick Stukeley Savage, the man to whom it is dedicated. However, this is about to change as this month’s Midsomer Norton Society talk on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm in the Town Hall will reveal exciting new research on the life and times of this man.

Beginning with a brief history of the Savage family of Norton House, the talk will examine the Major’s life from childhood and attendance at Eton through to his role as part of the 68th Durham Light Infantry in the Crimean War for which he received the highest honours. Following his  premature death on the 31st March 1866 at the age of 39, his mother in her anguish erected the monument in St Chad’s Well we all know. There then followed the sale and eventual demolition of the fine Savage family Regency mansion and the building of Park Way on the site from 1939. Thereafter, the monument in St Chad’s Well, memorials in St John’s Church and a grave in Bath Abbey Cemetery are all that remains of the Savage family today.

“It has been an incredible process over the last year uncovering the life and times of Frederick Stukeley Savage. It has led me to Durham historian Sidney Patterson who incredibly generously shared his life’s work of research – most significantly involving finding the Major’s Crimean War Diary which gives wonderful insight into the life of the man”, said Paul Myers speaker on the 19th and Society President.

For anyone interested in the history of Midsomer Norton this is an evening not to be missed – revealing fascinating new research and insights into life in the town in the mid-19th century.


Sun. 20th May, TBC 12 noon at Town Hall, 1.30pm at Mansion Tickets only in advance VISIT TO WOODCHESTER MANSION

Sun. 17th June, 6.30pm TOWN CIVIC SERVICE Venue TBA Thurs. 21st June,7.00pm - Ammerdown VISIT TO AMMERDOWN HOUSE


Thurs. 5th July, 7.30pm – Town Hall ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Sat. 14th July,12 noon – 5pm – Gullock Tyning MIDSOMER NORTON FAYRE History Display



Meetings so far this year:


Thurs. 28th September, 7.30pm - Town Hall TOURISM WORKSHOP AND TOWN TRAIL


Thurs. 19th October, 6.30pm meet at the Town Hall; 7.30pm – Bath VISIT TO THE B&NES ARCHIVE




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