Books by Bob Osborn

Bob's Booklist

Currently available, and forthcoming, books written by yours truly

 


Forthcoming Titles

 


Nineteenth Century Yeovil: A Time of Change

The nineteenth century was the period in which Yeovil saw its most dramatic changes; in local  government, industry, population growth and housing shortages. This same period saw the introduction of public health measures with new hospitals, sewerage systems, mains water supply, domestic gas supply and gas street lighting. It was also a time that saw the introduction of a police force and a fire service in Yeovil and, of course, the railways came to Yeovil bringing with them untold possibilities for the future. The Yeovil of 1900 was totally different to the Yeovil of 1800.

Release Date: November 2020


Lost Yeovil

Lost Yeovil is richly illustrated with historic photographs, postcards, paintings and antique prints. These fascinating pictures capture the town in its various incarnations from the eighteenth century to recent times. It shows the buildings and roads, churches, public buildings, commercial buildings, factories, residential buildings, shops, theatres, cinemas, parks and public spaces, schools, swimming pools and other numerous places that have disappeared from the local landscape. It also includes local people, events, organisations, sports teams, etc that have not survived the test of time but were once an important part of the community. Local historian Bob Osborn describes a Yeovil that has been lost through time.

Release Date: April 2020



        

Inns, Taverns, Alehouses, Pubs and
Beerhouses of Yeovil

Yeovil, in Somerset, has always had a large number of licensed premises. In 1610, an order was made that only nine be allowed in the borough and two outside, with the rest being 'suppressed'. However, Yeovil at this time was about a hundredth of the size of Yeovil today. After several years of research, local historian and author Bob Osborn has discovered over 140 of Yeovil's inns, taverns, alehouses and public houses, plus over 100 beerhouses. All of these are described in a fascinating and informative tour of Yeovil's hostelries, past and present.

A DVD is included with the book to offer the reader a large number of additional photographs, advertisement, maps, plans, etc. Also included is extensive documentation, research material and family information of licensees.

Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, this book and DVD will appeal to anyone interested in Yeovil's history.

Paperback

140 pages (book) plus 520 pages (DVD)

Images 509 monochrome and colour

Maps 20

Plans 21

Licensee Info
384

Price

£12.99

Release Date

November  2019




        

Yeovil - The Postcard Collection

Picture postcards first began to appear in Yeovil around 1899, used by people from all walks of life as a cheap and easy form of communication. Fortunately, local photographers saw the opportunities provided by the cards and began capturing everyday local scenes, leaving us with now priceless snapshots of a bygone age. While Yeovil has changed greatly over the past millennia, the origins and history of the town are still very much part of its fabric. Local historian and author Bob Osborn's postcards contained in this book capture just a glimpse of it. Yeovil - The Postcard Collection provides a fascinating insight into how the town has changed over the past century. Yeovil's most iconic streets, buildings, and long-lost views are all brought to life in this beautifully illustrated volume.

Paperback

96 pages, 175 photographs

Price

£14.99

Release Date

15 April  2019





Currently Available Titles

The first five titles below are available in both paperback and Kindle versions, while the remainder are only produced as electronic books on CD simply because there are so many pages and illustrations in each eBook (all eBooks on CD are suitable for up to, and including, Windows 10 but are not suitable for Macs unless they can run .EXE programs).




 


A-Z of Yeovil
The Somerset town of Yeovil may no longer be a thriving hub of glove manufacturing, but examine its history little deeper and you will find an exciting history dating back centuries. From its early Roman connections to its expansion as a major centre of glove making in the 1800s and later growth of its aircraft and defence industries, the town has always played an important role in the local area and county. Local author Bob Osborn takes the reader on a fascinating A–Z tour of the town’s history, exploring its streets and alleyways, and telling stories of the buildings, places and residents along the way. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, A–Z of Yeovil will appeal to residents and visitors alike.

Paperback

96 pages, 90 photographs

Publisher

Amberley Publishing

Release Date

15 October 2018

Price

£14.99

ISBN-10

9781445675060

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Secret Yeovil
The Somerset town of Yeovil has deep historical roots and its ancient streets hide many secrets. Well-known local author and historian Bob Osborn takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the town's past, unearthing tales of intrigue and grisly goings-on as he reveals the murkier side of Yeovil's heritage. Along the way we are introduced to the great, the good and the bad, as well as the famous and infamous characters who have all played a part in its lore and legends. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, Secret Yeovil delves beneath the surface of this old glove-making town, revealing a lesser-known and less savoury past that even most local people don’t know.

Paperback

96 pages, 100 photographs

Publisher

Amberley Publishing

Release Date

15 April 2018

Price

£14.99

ISBN-10

9781445674902

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Yeovil in 50 Buildings
Yeovil has managed to keep a wealth of architectural treasures from every era for us to enjoy and this is a celebration of fifty of those buildings and the stories attached to them. From the grand Aldon House to the Art Deco-inspired Odeon Cinema, we will follow Yeovil's diverse timeline through its bricks and mortar as local writer and historian, Bob Osborn, takes the reader on a tour of the town's architectural heritage.

Paperback

96 pages, 120 photographs

Publisher

Amberley Publishing

Release Date

15 October 2017

Price

£14.99

ISBN-10

9781445674803

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Now That's What I Call Yeovil
There have been many books written about 'old' Yeovil but this book is a little different - it's about 'not so old' Yeovil and concentrates on the town during the latter half of the twentieth century. The idea is to take a nostalgic view of Yeovil during a time that many will remember, perhaps with mixed feelings, but it will hopefully bring back memories of places and events.

Paperback

96 pages, 175 photographs

Publisher

Amberley Publishing

Release Date

15 May 2017

Price

£14.99

ISBN-10

9781445671697

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Yeovil From Old Photographs
This fascinating book charts the town's proud and distinctive history through a fascinating selection of old photographs, prints and postcards, showing what life was like for Yeovil's past residents and bearing witness to the celebrations and the struggles of this Somerset town.

Paperback

128 pages, 240 photographs

Publisher

Amberley Publishing

Release Date

15 September 2016

Price

£12.99

ISBN-10

1445665263

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Carved Medieval Bench Ends of South Somerset
In a county internationally renowned for its medieval carvings, south Somerset is home to a great concentration of medieval bench ends - 23 of the largest and finest collections, comprising more than 360 bench ends. This fully illustrated and information-packed eBook views the area's collections in a contemporary context.

eBook on CD

582 pages, 966 photographs

Publisher

WBD Publications

Release Date

2015

Price

£5.99 with free UK P+P

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A Photo Guide to the Taunton Stop Line
It was early June 1940, Nazi Germany had stormed across Europe and Hitler had his sights now set on England. The Taunton Stop Line was the West Country's answer to the proposed invasion. Containing over 1,500 full colour photographs and more than 120 maps and illustrations, this enlightening book contains a wealth of information in an authoritative text to create a complete interpretive photographic record of all the surviving Second World War defences of the Taunton Stop Line and the twelve associated anti-tank islands.

eBook on CD

1,500+ photographs (yes, really)

Publisher

WBD Publications

Release Date

2011

Price

£7.99 with free UK P+P

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Guide to Bayonets of the World
Now established as the leading authoritative work on bayonets of the world, this huge book is packed full of information and includes a unique Interactive Bayonet Identification System.

- equivalent to over 1,300 pages
- unique Quick Identification Guide
- unique step-by-step Interactive Identification System
- more than 1,900 colour photographs
- more than 700 scale line drawings
- featuring over 750 bayonets
- from more than 80 countries
- Guide to Bayonet Values

eBook on CD

2,600+ illustrations (yes, really)

Publisher

WBD Publications

Release Date

2003

Price

£14.99 with free UK P+P

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