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2e1ax Default Frontpage House At Time Of Fire Brigade   I thought you might appreciate this photo of Hestercombe House taken in 1953, just as the Somerset Fire Brigade (est. 1948) was about to move in and make it their headquarters. Somerset County Council leased Hestercombe House for £500 per year in September and would eventually (1977) purchase the House and adjoining 11 acres of land, including the Formal Garden, for the grand sum of £50,000. (The first phase of the restoration of the Formal Garden took place with County Council approval [Fire and Civil Protection Committee] 1973-77.) The Fire Service remained in Hestercombe House until 2006, having vacated the...
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Legate’s pleasure in relating the complexities of English village cricket is contagious and he tells a deeply satisfying story . . . -- VLADIVOSTOK VIXEN Fans of Kim Legate live for his complex historical thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That’s exactly what he does with great success, in Cricket Anyone?. – USA TODAY Score another one for Legate . . . This is a blood and guts sports tale that perfectly suits his strengths as a storyteller. – KHARTOUM CRONICLE   INTRODUCTION: Memories of Hestercombe The eighteenth in a series brought to you by Archival Operations   In view of England's recent success at the Ashes,...
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Chapter Two: The Portman’s & the Church of St. Mary, Hestercombe “I remember well how, when I came to St. Andrews (Taunton) in 1947, I was faced with a very large and run-down parish, & no curate . . . and no car. You can perhaps imagine how I thought when I was told that I was expected to take services for an old lady in her private chapel, which was not even in my parish!!”  The Revd. Prebendary, 19 Feb. 1984   In December of 1895, the Somerset County Gazette reported that:  ‘the Hon. E. W. B. Portman is having...
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Memories of Hestercombe - The Portman Chapel - criticism from a variety of media & magazines... Characters that no reader will forget . . . prose as clean and strong as any Legate has yet laid down . . . and a drop-dead evocation of a time and place that will mark this article as a classic slice of Edwardiana -- Prague Post The plot surges forward, pulling us along as we turn those pages a mile a minute. – New Zealand Herald Kim Legate is nothing if not an ambitious writer, and his latest article, The Portman Chapel, represents his...
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”Fascinating . . . filled with deadly accurate characterizations by an author who knows both the Portman’s and their social circle from the inside.” The Sydney Herald"بناء درجة كبيرة من التشويق ... المندوب يسلم له في المادة شاطر أشهر. إجازته الممتدة من تاريخ شديد اللهجة انتهى ". The Saudi Sun“Packs a wallop . . . The timing, following on the recent holiday celebrations atHestercombe, makes it all the more compelling.” USA TODAY “LEGATE HAS A FIELD DAY . . . The Grand Ball of 1897 grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down.” The Vancouver Herald Some Recent comments about Kim Legate's...
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