The history of Thatchers
PUBLISHED: 10:57 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:57 05 June 2015
Neil Phillips Photography
Four generations of cider making has been put into words and pictures
Somerset cider maker Thatchers has been producing cider at
its mill in Sandford since 1904. With a wealth of beautiful photos and a social history that paints its own picture of living and working in Somerset over the years, Thatchers has recorded it
all for future generations to remember by publishing its first book.
Called Thatchers Then & Now and published by Bristol Books, author James Russell traces the history of Thatchers cidermaking from early beginnings to the present day. Enhanced by the work of locally-based photographer Neil Phillips, the book is a true reflection of the orchard and cidermaking year.
Martin Thatcher, fourth generation of
the Somerset family says: “We love our heritage as much as we love our cider – both are deeply rooted in Somerset.
Over the past few years we’ve been able
to unearth some fascinating insight into previous generations of the Thatcher family, and what life was like as a
“Thanks to the research of author
James Russell, and local historian Maria Forbes, we’ve been able to gather all this fascinating information together to create
a social history of cider making in Somerset.”