In this sense Jack Leach — and surely no novelist could pick a more perfect name for such a determinedly rooted man of Somerset — is a heartwarming demonstration that the old ways can and do survive.
Leach appears to be more Gloucestershire than Somerset. If I were going for a proper job Somerset name I’d pick “Dando”.
One of that ilk I knew once described them as “the Jews of Somerset”. Not Hebraic, rather petit bourgeois traders and shopkeepers over the area – certainly of the north of the county.
I know it doesn’t sound particularly BBC mummerset but once primed to note it you do see it all over the area.