Keynsham author explores a history set in stone in new book

Published on: 09 Nov 2012

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Keynsham author explores a history set in stone in new book

A Keynsham author has written his sixth – and last – book on the town’s history. Author Michael Fitter

Michael Fitter says the town’s rich heritage has proved a fascinating subject, producing books covering the medieval period, Tudor and Stuart Keynsham and life in the town during the war.

Now the former teacher has turned his attention to the town’s architecture in new publication Old Keynsham in Stone.

Mr Fitter, 84, said: “Keynsham is a stone town, it came out of the ground. We have stone houses, stone walls, stone schools and pubs. As well as the architecture, I have written about the quarries of Keynsham, many of which are now hidden or built on.”

Chapters in the book include one on quarries, one on the local brick kiln and one on stone wells that can be found around the town. Another covers the Grade II-listed Chandos Lodge and another the area’s coal mines.

In writing about the town’s architecture, the book also reveals more about those who have called Keynsham home over the years.

Mr Fitter said: “I am very grateful to the people of Keynsham who have shown me their homes and told me about their history.”

Old Keynsham in Stone will be available in paperback and hardback as an A4 book with more than 350 pages and photographs in colour and black and white.

There will be a limited print run of 100 copies each of the paperback and hardback versions, with the paperback priced at £20 and the hardback £25.

Mr Fitter hopes the books will be printed by early December and plans to sell them on December 8, 15 and 22 in the foyer at Victoria Methodist Church in the High Street, from 10am to noon.

Anyone who wishes to order in advance can do so on 0117 986 4035.

Comments (1)

  1. Paul Israel:
    Jun 02, 2015 at 09:23 AM

    Michael Fitter passed away recently, his funeral took place on monday 1st June at Keynsham Methodist Church.
    Very sad news he was always the best dressed man about Keynsham






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