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Aug 222015

Manorial and Older Records Seminar

Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Rd, Ruishton, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5JN

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 24th October 2015

We’ve once again booked this convenient venue, close to Taunton and the M5 motorway, and selected an earlier date in the hope that travel there will be easier.

The programme will include manorial documents, with a specialist from The National Archives on what is available nationally, and local specialists on local records of interest.


09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Rod Clayburn
10:10 – 11:20 It’s All There in Black and White: Plymouth Black and White Books – Louisa Blight (Plymouth Arts and Heritage Service)
11:20 – 11:25 Comfort Break
11:25 – 12:35

National Manorial Documents Register Project – Liz Hart (TNA Senior Archivist)

12:35 – 13:35 Lunch Break
13:35 – 14:45 Somerset and Devon Manorial Documents Register Projects  – Scott Pettitt (South West Heritage Trust)
14:45 – 15:15 Tea Break
15:15 – 16:25 Bratton Manor from Medieval to Modern Times – Kim Baldacchino (Society for One-Place Studies)
16:25 – 16:30 Final Question and Answer Session
16:30 Close of Seminar


Applications to attend are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists, and members of the general public having an interest in the subject matter.

Seminar cost including refreshments and buffet lunch is £16.00.

We would like to ensure that any disabled delegate can participate fully in this event.

If you will be travelling by train please contact us for help finding a lift from Taunton station.

Anyone with any special requirements should telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182 or email

An Accommodation listing is available.

Ruishton Joining Instructions are now available here.


**This seminar is now FULLY BOOKED and bookings have closed** To check for cancellations and be added to the waiting list please email

To book on this seminar, you can use our our online form¹ in any of three ways:

  • Book online and pay online via PayPal or credit card;
  • For Guild members, book online and pay by direct bank transfer through your bank, quoting the reference number on the form (this is the method which represents the least cost to the Guild);
  • Fill in the booking form online, then print it and send it through the post with your cheque.

Alternatively, you can download our booking form flyer, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Bookings close on 11th October 2015. All bookings will be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or before this date.

Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182, or by email from

¹Please note, when booking on a seminar either by post or online, the Guild’s “Distance Selling” terms and conditions.

Other events

For details of other events organised by the Guild, go to the Events Calendar.

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