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Railway Stations

(Mike Oakley)  Dorset once had 69 railway stations and halts: today only 23 remain open. This is the first book specifically on the county’s stations to be published, and includes photographs of all but one.  Collectively they add a unique…..


Regency, Riot & Reform

(Jo Draper)  The Regency period of the early nineteenth century was one of great contrast in Dorset.  The old order was threatened by agricultural riots and a hunger for reform. The author considers the whole period 1800-1837, and discusses the…..



(Maureen Attwool)  Dorset’s coast is notorious for the number of ships which have been wrecked along its length.  Vessels of every description have foundered on the rocks, ledges, beaches and bays that lie between Poole Harbour and Lyme Regis. This…..


Stone Quarrying

(Jo Thomas)  Stone quarrying is the most important of Dorset’s industries, with a history that reaches back to Roman times. The limestones from the Isles of Purback and Portland are amongst the most famous of all building stones, but elsewhere…..


Victorians, The

(Jude James)  No period, except perhaps the present, has had a greater impact than the sixty three ‘Glorious Years’ of Queen Victoria’s reign. Dorset was a rural backwater when she came to the throne, but by the time of her…..