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NEW September 2023 - A Date For Your Diary


On Tuesday 10th October 2023 Dave Evans will be giving a presentation on Local History to the members of Stoke Women's Institute at the village hall. This meeting, which starts at 7 pm, has been made an 'Open Meeting', which means that anyone is able to attend - female or male. There will be a £4 entrance fee for non-members.

    This will be a photographic trip around the village, looking at a few of the old characters and where they lived and worked. If you are 'local' come along and enjoy your heritage (and put Dave right where he's wrong!). If you are, like me, a 'comer in', join us and take a peek at the back story of this amazing village.


NEW March 2023 Stoke History Years

New - September 2023

Chard, Local Hero - Click HERE

Basketry in the Nursery - Click HERE

New - June 2023

More Dialect - Click HERE

Marjorie Pearce - Click HERE

1882: Village Farms - Click HERE

New - May 2023

Family Names - Click HERE

Parcel Post Basketry - Click HERE

Windmills - Click HERE

Coronation 1953 - Click HERE

*NEW - April 2023*

Rail Crash at Wick - Click HERE

Church Open Weekend - Click HERE

Stoke Dialect - Click HERE

Down The Years - Click HERE

*NEW - March 2023*

Paintings & Drawings - Click HERE

Doreen Loveridge - Click HERE

Stoke in 1923 - Click HERE

Man Alive 1967 (Part 4) - Click HERE

*NEW - February 2023*

Trouble at Chapel - Click HERE

Parish Book - Click HERE

School Log Book - Click HERE

BBC Man Alive 1967 (Part 3) - Click HERE

*NEW - January 2023*

!!! HELP !!! - Click HERE

Floods - Click HERE

Thomas William House - Click HERE

Basketry: Picnic Hampers - Click HERE

New Year 1873 - Click HERE

*NEW - December 2022*

Xmas Greetings - Click HERE

BBC Man Alive 1967 (Part 2) - Click HERE

Open Fields - Click HERE

BBC Man Alive 1967 - Click HERE

*NEW - November 2022*

Stoke in 1931 - Click HERE

Frozen Southlake Moor - Click HERE

Property Sales - Click HERE

More Misdemeanours - Click HERE

*NEW - October 2022*

Baptist Church - Click HERE

Stoke in 1949 - Click HERE

Basketry, Eel Traps - Click HERE

Village Horses - Click HERE

*NEW - September 2022*

Royal Oak, The Nicholas Years 2 - Click HERE

The Village Commons - Click HERE

Royal Oak, The Nicholas Years 1 - Click HERE

Field Names - Click HERE

*NEW - June 2022*

The Parish Council - Click HERE

The 1901 Census - Click HERE

Parish Church Windows - Click HERE

Basketry: Delivery Cycles - Click HERE

*NEW - May 2022*

Platinum Jubilee - Click HERE

Withy Stripping - Click HERE

Football, Part 1 - Click HERE

More Skittles - Click HERE

*NEW - April 2022*

Skittle Photos - Click HERE

Baby Scales & Norman Upham - Click HERE

Lantern Slides from the 1930s - Click HERE

1938 - Village Snapshot - Click HERE

*NEW - March 2022*

The Mardy, Woodhill - Click HERE

Stoke School Photographs - Click HERE

Stoke's New School - Click HERE

*NEW - February 2022*

A Visit to the Parish Church - Click HERE

1952 Stoke School - Click HERE

Crime & Punishment - Click HERE

*NEW - January 2022*

Basketry: Sports & Pastimes - Click HERE

200, 150, & 100 Years Ago News - Click HERE

The Railway Revisited - Click HERE

Athelney Station - Click HERE

Stoke Stampede - Click HERE

*NEW - December 2021*

Christmas Past - Click HERE

100 Years Ago: 1921 - Click HERE

The Village Clock - Click HERE

World War 2 Baskets - Click HERE

*NEW - November 2021*

The 'Cut' on the River Tone - Click HERE

West Sedgemoor - Click HERE

The Moors of the Village - Click HERE

*NEW - October 2021*

Basketry: Children's Carriages - Click HERE

Listed Buildings - Click HERE

Basketry: Covered Jars - Click HERE

Burton Pynsent Monument - Click HERE

Burrowbridge Toll Gate - Click HERE

*NEW - September 2021*

GALLERIES 6 - Old Stoke Photos - Click HERE

*NEW - June 2021*

GALLERIES 5 - Centenary Fair 1994 - Click HERE

GALLERIES 4 - Pram Race 1977 - Click HERE

Royal Oak, the Early Days - Click HERE

Stoke Club & Club Day - Click HERE

Reeves Feast, the Local Charity - Click HERE

*NEW - May 2021*

Rose & Crown, the Early Days - Click HERE

Old Beerhouses - Click HERE

World War 2, the Home Guard - Click HERE

GALLERIES No 3 - VE Day 1995 - Click HERE

World War 2, the Home Front - Click HERE

*NEW - April 2021*

Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Click HERE

Barlby Road School Evacuees - Click HERE

GALLERIES No 2 - Raft Race 1988? - Click HERE

Stoke Farms in 1952 - Click HERE

*NEW - March 2021*

Adverts from the Parish Magazine - Click HERE

Stoke Shop - The First 100 Years - Click HERE

Aerial Photos - Click HERE

GALLERIES No 1 - Pete & Lin's Farewell, 1988 - Click HERE

*NEW - February 2021*

Wicker Chair Makers - click HERE

Egg Shackling - click HERE

The Skimmerton Ride - click HERE


*NEW - January 2021*

Blacksmiths of Stoke St Gregory - click HERE

The Mud Huts of Athelney - click HERE


Click HERE for a separate site with stories and news clippings from down the years


    Stoke is a Somerset village made up of several hamlets. It sits astride the sandstone ridge between North Curry and the River Parrett, and spreads down to the low lying moors to the north and south.

    We hope you enjoy browsing our history pages. There is much more information out there and any help finding it would be appreciated. You will notice some 'Read more . . .' links on some pages (at the moment just look at the 'TRANSPORT/Rivers' page to see how things are planned). The aim is to have these on each section of each page! Anyone wanting to contribute to the site, please get in touch. Words and pictures can be put in a new web page, or there can be a link to a downloadable file or pictures relating to a particular subject.

    Some photos are attributed to individuals, otherwise they all remain copyright of Stoke History Group. If you think copyright is being breached by the use of any photos, or if you have any comments about what's on the site or have any photos or information you would like to share, please get in touch:

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