THE Amesbury Society has re-issued its popular book about the town, entitled Amesbury: history and description of a south Wiltshire town.

The reprint of the second edition, published in 1989 and out-of-print since 1991, includes a new forward outlining discoveries about the history of Amesbury.

The first six chapters, which form a short history of Amesbury before 1914, are the work of local historian John Chandler while the second part is by Amesbury historian Peter Goodhugh who was one of the founders of the Amesbury Society.

Norman Parker, Amesbury Society chairman, said: “There has long been a demand for a good, narrative history of Amesbury and this demand has increased with the expansion of the town in the last 20 years and the large number of new residents.

“Recent discoveries, especially from the Blick’s Mead archaeological dig which has shown that settlement in Amesbury goes back many thousands of years, have also resulted in a growing interest in the history of Amesbury.

“These factors have led the Amesbury Society to decide to reissue this book.”

The book costs £9.50 and can be bought at the Cross Keys Bookshop in Salisbury, Amesbury Museum and the Amesbury Community and Visitor Centre.