Mike Wilkinson with his book The History of Southwell
Mike Wilkinson with his book The History of Southwell

A book which takes a look at the history of Southwell, from pre-Roman times to the present day, will be launched in the town's library tomorrow.

Eleven people have contributed to The History of Southwell which has been produced by Southwell and District Local History Society.

It will be launched at Southwell Library at 10am on Saturday where copies will be available at a launch price of £5.

Editor Mr Michael Wilkinson said: "The book is aimed at tourists, residents and local people who are curious about the town but don't know about its history.

"It's an easy read, a small book with lots of pictures."

Mr Wilkinson said the last book on Southwell's history was published in 1818 and was written in the style of the early 19th century.

"This is more easily readable book with colour pictures and bring it up to date," he said.

"There's bits about recent developments at the Workhouse, with the National Trust taking it over and developments at Brackenhurst since the war, with the college being set up there."

Southwell Through the Ages

The book's first chapter, Southwell Through the Ages, looks at developments in the town since pre-Roman time, through to Roman and Saxon Southwell.

The 130-page book also includes chapters on the Minster and Archbishop's Palace, the Minster School, the prebendal houses, the Burgage, the House of Correction, the Workhouse and many other places of historical interest.

Mr Wilkinson said the history society began planning the book two years ago.

"The history society has got a very good track record of producing interesting pamphlets for people and now we have got a little guide that visitors to the town can just pick up, pay a couple of quid for and take away and read," he said.

"It fills a gap which the society felt was needed. I'm very enthusiastic about it and I think it will sell well.

"People will recognise that there is a need for this book."

Mr Mike Kirton, chairman of Southwell and District Local History Society, said: "This new publication, following our detailed accounts of the town and its people, including through the two world wars, will appeal to visitors and residents who are curious to learn more about our very special town."

Following its launch, the book will be sold for £7.50.