Thomas Bruce Dilks

Bridgwater Historian 1865-1949

Thomas Bruce Dilks
Thomas Bruce Dilks as a young man ca. 1902, courtesy Katherine Dilks

Biography – by Katherine Dilks


Obituaries and Bibliography

Bridgwater Borough Archives vols I to IV
Also published as Somerset Record Society
1200-1377 Vol 48 1933 Introduction
1377-1400 Vol 53 1938 Introduction
1400-1445 Vol 58 1943 Introduction
1445-1468 Vol 60 1945 Introduction
1468-1485 Vol 70 1971 (posthumously) Introduction
Presentation Certificate, Review and Volume I from Bridgwater Borough Council 7 June 1934

Tony Woolrich, Notes on the Publication of Bridgwater Borough Archives vol.5 and what happened to the materials for Volume 6.

Bridgwater Booklet Series

No. 1 – Pilgrims in Old Bridgwater by T Bruce Dilks

No. 2 – Bridgwater in Brief by T Bruce Dilks

No. 3 – The Siege of Bridgwater by C Trenchard

No. 4 – The Battle of Sedgemoor by M Page

No. 5 – Robert Blake, General-at-Sea by Rev. J R Powell

No. 6 – Charles James Fox and the Borough of Bridgwater

Other Books

T B Dilks, The Bridgwater Charter Day Song: London: J B Cramer & Co., 1926

T B Dilks, The Story of Bridgwater Parish Church, 1940

H Eardley Field and T Bruce Dilks,The parish of S. John Baptist, Bridgwater, 1846-1946, with some notes on the ancient hospital., 1946


T B Dilks, Some Documentary Oddments Somerset & Dorset Notes & Queries, Vol. 15 (123), 1918, pp 100-103; Vol 16 (124), 1919, pp 141-2 and Vol 24, 1946, pp 22-25

T B Dilks, The Burgesses of Bridgwater in the Thirteenth Century, Proc. SANHS 63, 1917
Also see a commentary here.

T B Dilks, Bridgwater wills, Proc. SANHS 66(2), 1922

T B Dilks, Medieval Bridgwater, The History Teachers’ Miscellany, vol.III, 1925

T B Dilks, Bridgwater Insurrection of 1381, Proc. SANHS 73, 1927

T B Dilks, A lottery in Jacobean Bridgwater, Proc. SANHS 79, 1932

T B Dilks, The Bridgwater CarolWestern Gazette, 25 December, 1936

T B Dilks, Bridgwater Castle and Demesne towards the end of the Fourteenth Century, Proc. SANHS 87, 1940


Dilks’ mss Transcription of the Briwere Charters

T B Dilks, Burgesses of medieval Bridgwater to 1300, typecript, in Somerset Studies Library

Poetry Collections published by the East Gate Press

The Adamantine Island, 1902

A Village Muse, 1905

The Collected Verse of T Bruce Dilks, 1932

Twelve Sonnets, 1938


The Bridgwater Charter Day Song.

Biographical Resoeuces gathered by Dr Peter Cattermole and Katherine Dilks, 5 June 2014. Bibliography gathered by Tony Woolrich 2019.