The group has been running for over 35 years, during that time it’s aims and ideals have remained the same. We wish to foster an interest in the town’s history, to research and share our findings with as wide an audience as possible.

The original research group, VILLAGE PUMP has added enormously to the knowledge of the town and its people. Because of its success we have recently expanded on it to include, the MILITARY CHEST, COLLECTORS LOT and POSTCARD CORNER. These groups plus our BOOK & DVD SHOP can be viewed under the appropriate menu. These make interesting reading or viewing and are excellent value for money . The group offer a free limited research service to Civic Society members.

In Clevedon we are blessed with a rich source of historical interest, the town’s Victorian architecture is some of the finest in the country, and many of the town’s folk over the years have had interesting tales to tell.

Please use our Website, we hope you will find that small item of information that has been eluding you. All members of the Civic Society are welcome to attend our meetings, and a warm welcome is given to any visitors from near or far. We pride ourselves on the fact that many of our monthly talks are provided by group members.

Please join us for a friendly and interesting evening.


Chairman, Local History Group



Local History Group

Clevedon History Postcard Corner Collectors' Lot Village Pump Clevedon at War Heroes and Medals

Registered Charity No: 263374  -  Founded in 1970

Local History Group hits since 01.01.2015

Photographs taken by Wendy Moore and Julie Slocombe during the Local History Group walk to Charterhouse in the Mendip Hills on the 4th September 2014.

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This book of six engravings of Clevedon was published in the town by A.R. Ransford of the Royal Library in Hill Road. It was sent to the Society by an un-named correspondent from Surrey, who found the book whilst clearing out a house. We thank that person for the gift.

Lionel Palairet.  A Clevedon Legend?

Seven wickets in seven balls. A world record? And it happened in Clevedon!

Some of you may have read that a young cricketer called Luke Robinson took six wickets in six balls recently. A remarkable feat when most bowlers think themselves lucky to have taken a hat-trick once in their career.

So it was with some surprise that I read in a letter in a national newspaper that a certain Lionel Palairet took seven wickets in seven balls while playing for the Rev. Cornish's School in Clevedon.

Never having heard of either Lionel Palairet or the Rev. Cornish's School I consulted Jane Lilly about the history and Chris Stone about the cricket.

I now understand from Jane that the prep. school was in Walton Lodge on the present top junction of Castle Road and Edgehill Road and the cricket pitch was probably on the right hand side of Castle Road when going up the hill.

Chris has also told me that Lionel Palairet ( 1870 – 1933 ) went on to play cricket for Somerset and England. He still holds the record with H. Hewett of the highest opening partnership of 346 runs when playing for Somerset against Yorkshire in 1892. He was also Captain in 1907 and President of Somerset C.C.C.in 1929.

Lionel Palairet was educated at Repton School and was by all accounts an excellent all round athlete, footballer and golfer too. His obituary described him as probably “the most beautiful batsmen of all time”

The accompanying photograph of Lionel Palairet was taken from “The Jubilee Book of Cricket” by Prince Ranjitsinhji published in 1897 when “action” photographs may not have been possible.




Bob Hardcastle



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