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Welcome to Wessex Society, the cultural society for the land of Thomas Hardy, King Alfred, Broadchurch, Hot Fuzz and The Wurzels. Here you can buy merchandise, learn about the region, and read our blog.

Wessex Chronicle (Blog)


In the late 1920’s the Grant family decided to live in Burley. In 1930,Lettice Grant (nee Rooke) bought a property in Bisterne Close, moving fromWestbourne in Bournemouth. Prior to that they were in Kashmir and furtherback the Grant side were from Scotland. The Rooke’s, however were from theNew Forest. Indeed part of the family tree …

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The Society holds events on the closest Saturday to Barnes Night (22nd February), St Ealdhelm's Day (25thMay) and King Alfred Day (26th October). The next event is on Saturday 22nd February 2020 in Nailsea (exact location to be confirmed).