This volume continues the story of Dunster
Church and Priory, from the Restoration of
Charles II in 1660 until the twentieth century.
These were often politically turbulent years,
affecting even the small town of Dunster.
Drawing on contemporary sources, Joan Jordan
gives us a vivid picture of the continuing daily life
of the villagers as their world gradually changed
to one more like our own.
The author describes fully the major restoration
of the church in 1874-76 by G. E. Street. She
also recounts the prominent part the Luttrell
family of Dunster Castle continued to play in
Dunster life, and shows their impact on church,
castle and village.
Thoroughly researched and annotated, this
second volume is a valuable addition to the first,
and a major contribution to our knowledge of
the village of Dunster, its Church and Priory.
Joan Jordan studied at the Study Centre
for the Fine and Decorative Arts at the
V&A where she majored on the history
of European architecture and the
decorative arts. At the same time as
lecturing on French furniture, Sevres
porcelain and the history of the
collection at the Wallace Collection, she
also lectured for the V&A (Education
Department) on Meissen porcelain and
at the Inchbald School of Design
(Antiques’ Course) on ceramics. In the
1970s, with her late husband, she moved
to Somerset to pursue a country way of
life far removed from the metropolitan
background setting in Dunster in 1985.
She published her first volume on Dunster
in 2007, after 20 years of research.
Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 11 7, hardback, 254x156mm, 288 pages. Published October 2009.