US president George W Bush's links with the manor of Midsomer Norton
The history of Midsomer Norton along with its links with a US president will be the subject of the opening talk in the Midsomer Norton Society's programme.
Speaker Monica Evans will begin in the early 1300s when a timber effigy of a knight was laid on a tomb in St John's Church in Midsomer Norton.
The talk will explore how the knight was created and the world he knew, before going on to review the available evidence on just who he might have been.
This ground-breaking talk will present important new research on the history of the town, painstakingly pieced together by local historian Monica over the last year.
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Among many startling discoveries is the fact that George W Bush claims descent from Hugh de Vivonia – the lord who in the 1240s was granted the right to hold a Thursday market and a Midsummer Fair on his manor of Midsomer Norton.
The talk takes place tonight from 7.30pm at St John's Church.
Tickets are available on the door subject to availability. Proceeds for the event will go towards to the Midsomer Norton Knight Fund which is working to design and build an appropriate display case for the figure in the parish church.
For further details visit www.midsomernortonsociety.co. uk .
Alternatively you can ring secretary Alex Davis on 07894 912360.