(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…..
(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…..
(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……
(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…..
(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…..