Excerpt from Somersetshire: Highways, Byways, and Waterways; Written and Illustrated
IN offering this book to the consideration of the public, I desire to preface it with a brief explanatory notice. I have attempted to describe and illustrate a portion of Somersetshire. Photography has in no case been employed, nor have I described any spot which I have not personally visited. How rich the county is in archaeological remains, ecclesiastical buildings, quaint old manor houses, many may be aware, but for some unknown reason the district has been but sparsely honoured by illustration. I purpose to wander with my reader through village and town, or to linger by some historic spot, making use of my pencil by the way. At times the natural beauties of the grand old county may call for a sketch, and such opportunities will not be neglected. But though my wanderings may seem to be without plan, I hope to show that there is some method therein, as it is my intention to make certain epochs rather than certain roads or districts the means of division into chapters. For instance, the wonderful camps need to be visited, and how better than by making a pilgrimage.
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