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(Lesley Haskins)  Dorset’s heaths are internationally renowned as the finest example of this most fragile of habitats anywhere in Britain.  They embrace an ever-changing mosaic of dry sandy ridges, bogs, pools and streams, which together support an exceptional wealth of…..


Downs, Meadows & Pastures

(Jim White)  The tiny fragments of Dorset grassland that remain rich in wildlife are widely scattered, mirroring the underlying geology.  They range from ancient pasture in the clay vales to the herb-strewn turf of the chalk downland, from a handful…..



(Anne Horsfall) Woodland in Dorset is a diversity of mixed plantations, conifers, beech belts, deciduous woods and copses.  Ancient oak and hazel woods are scarce, but have long and interesting histories associated with Royal Forests, monastic estates, medieval deer parks…..



(John Porter) Dorset’s towns are the survivors of a once much larger number of urban settlements.  Bere Regis, Cerne Abbas, Charmouth, Corfe Castle, Cranborne, Milton Abbas and Stalbridge, were all once towns, with markets and fairs, even MPs, yet none…..


Roads, Tracks & Turnpikes

(David Viner) Dorset’s roads and tracks have sustained the movement of man, livestock and goods since time immemorial.  They are a delightful way of discovering the county, both by car and on foot.  Green roads, holloways, ancient ox droves, priests’…..


Blackmore Vale

(Hilary Towsend) The Blackmore Vale is Dorset at its most intimate and down-to-earth. The author brings a wonderfully personal touch to what is the first guide to the Blackmore Vale to be published. 87 pages.  Soft covers.  


Cranborne Chase

(Desmond Hawkins)  Cranborne Chase is Dorset’s best kept secret.  Not least of its attractions is that most people are uncertain of where or what it is.  Much of the area is high rolling downland that sprawls untidily across Dorset’s eastern…..


Dress & Textiles

(Rachel Worth)  Dorset’s smocks and unmistakable ‘knob’ buttons are the most famous examples of a whole range of once flourishing textile industries. The villages and towns involved in the various textiles and their accessories: wool, linen, silk, ribbons, lace, stockings,…..



(Jonathan Holt)  Dorset’s follies are amongst its greatest architectural delights.  Some, like the Horton Tower and Hardy’s Monument, are famous landmarks. Throughout the county there are grottoes, obelisks, temples, shell gardens, fake forts, arches, pavilions and even a sham chapel……



(Richard Edmonds)  Few places in the British Isles are as rich in fossils as Dorset. Thanks to its remarkable geology and the instability of much of the coast, new and often important discoveries continue to be made, often by amateur…..



(David McFetrich & Jo Parsons)  Dorset’s bridges form a rich architectural legacy that is all too often overlooked. Those pictured and described in the book span 800 years, from the Middle Ages to the present, and range from the simple…..


Castles & Forts

(Colin Pomeroy)  Dorset’s surviving castles and forts are the visible record of a past that stretches back for more than a thousand years. They belong to three main periods: those dating to the Middle Ages, the coastal castles built during…..


Georgians, The

(Jo Draper)  Two centuries of agricultural change and the growth of the towns have transformed Dorset’s Georgian landscape. Using contemporary illustrations and concentrating on those who lived in the eighteenth century Dorset, the author has superbly captured the character of…..


Industrial Past, The

(Peter Stanier)  One of the delights of a rural county like Dorset is its mix of traditional small-scale industries, many based on natural resources. The book details location of these industries, broken down by categories: raw materials, manufacturing, power and…..


Isle of Purbeck

(Paul Hyland)   Despite its popularity, few corners of England have as much to offer as the Isle of Purbeck – or remain so unspoilt. The author vividly describes the character of the area; its past dominated by the marble…..



(Jeremy Harte) Dorset’s legends are its traditional stories told and retold over many centuries. They are the authentic voice of its past, its oral history, containing everything that real history doesn’t.  Time has embellished some; in others the confusing details…..