Crewkerne in Somerset is located just 14km south-west of Yeovil and lies in close proximity of the Dorset border. Since the town is situated on the River Parrett, Crewkerne saw very early occupation and was first mentioned in an official document dating back to 899, when Alfred the Great made his will.
The next important date is an entry in the Doomsday Book in 1086, when William the Conqueror had claimed Crewkerne as a royal manor and the original Crewkerne Castle was beginning to take shape in the mind of a medieval architect, who no doubt thought Norman motte castles were all the rage. Before William the Norman so rudely interrupted Somerset affairs, Crewkerne’s manor was actually held by Edith Swanneck in 1066. She was King Harold’s mistress, just as thankless a task as being architect to William the Conqueror, one suspects.
The town didn’t flourish until much later in the Middle Ages and it wasn’t warfare but the textile industry that proved to be the economic making of the little town. Crewkerne’s lovely 15th century Church of St Bartholomew bears witness to the riches that could be achieved by spinning wool and cloth making.
Today’s visitors are less interested in looms and spindles, preferring Mother Nature’s unbridled riches. The Bincombe Beeches Local Nature Reserve and Millwater Biological Site of Special Scientific Interest are magnets for eco-tourists. Thanks to a direct link via the West of England Main Line railway and the A30, Crewkerne is easily reachable for day trippers.
In the Georgian period Crewkerne was a popular coaching stop for travellers. The Royal Navy used to purchase its sails from Crewkerne in the 18th and 19th centuries and this, together with its regular market, would have made the town a target for all manner of not quite so gentile Georgian tourists.
A coach journey could be very dangerous. Apart from the common and garden variety of armed highwaymen making Dorset and Somerset unsafe, there were nasty infections and infestations one could catch from fellow passengers. In an age when many people believed bathing was harmful and should only be undertaken once a year at best, fleas and lice thrived.
Bloodsucking pests can pass on any number of diseases. In those days a common cold could kill and since modern science has identified around 200 different viruses that can cause a cold, it is no surprise a Georgian surgeon would have merely grabbed a standard leech to treat the different symptoms of a cold.
Insect bites are a common cause of serious allergic attacks. If you travelled on a coach or train that was infested with flees or lice and suffered a painful allergic reaction, speak to an accident solicitor in Crewkerne.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Crewkerne?
Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on their Freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and discuss your accident with a friendly advisor. An accident solicitor in Crewkerne or other legal specialist could be assigned to your case, if you wish to go ahead with a claim. All Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors supply no win no fee services, which means you start your claims process without paying anything upfront for legal fees.
Date Published: 17th July 2013