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Treasure of the Golden Grape

(Selwyn Williams)  A detailed examination of a 1641 wreck off Chesil Beach in Dorset.  The work includes transcriptions of the HCA Inquiry into the wreck with the names of over 300 local witnesses from Portland, Wyke Regis, Fleet, Langton Herring,…..


Sturminster Newton – Stur, the Story of

(Sturminster Minster Museum Society)  The first published history of Sturminster Newton, beginning over 100 years ago.  Has many illustrations, with many of the individuals named. Local folklore, myths and legends are also explored. 164 pages.  Soft covers.


Sturminster Newton – Early Years, Recollections of Life in

(Robert Young)  Recollections of Life in Sturminster Newton in the Early Nineteenth Century.  Published by the Dorset Record Society, this is a transcription of Robert Young?s manuscript in a small exercise book, originally written in 1908, enhanced by the inclusion…..


Sturminster Newton Through Time

(Roger Guttridge & Steve Case)  A fascinating selection of over 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Sturminster Newton has changed over the last century. The pictures are arranged in a ?then and now? fashion, so that…..


Weymouth Through Time

(Debby Rose)  The book shows how an important harbour since the 14th century became one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country. Historic photographs and modern pictures of the same location show how the town has changed over…..


Shaftesbury Through Time

(Roger Guttridge)  With the help of the Gold Hill Museum archive, the author takes a fascinating look at how Shaftesbury?s streets, buildings and enterprises have changed over the years, highlighting what they meant to its citizens. The town grew up…..


Sherborne – Castleton Parish: “Voices that be Gone”: Reconstructing the Victorian Parish of Castleton, Dorset 1834-1901

(Michael Hanson)  Castleton?s population in 1901 was a quarter of its 1831 peak, primarily due to the building of the Sherborne section of the London to Exeter railway. This book looks in detail at the residents during this period, and…..


Walcot, Beatrix , The Life & Family of

(Cynthia Walcot)  Beatrice was born in Shropshire, settled to live in Sherborne Castle, Dorset, and lived through a dramatic siege during the Civil War.  She died in 1758, aged 84, and is buried in Sherborne Abbey. The book is the…..



(Rodney Legg)  Some 300 photographs, also dealing with neighbouring communities; life unfolds through the eyes of the last inhabitants. Reduced price. 144 pages.  Hardback.


Dorchester and Around Through Time

(Steve Wallis)  A fascinating selection of over 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Dorchester and nearby villages have changed over the last century. The pictures are arranged in a ‘then and now’ fashion, so that direct…..


Dorchester Century

(Steve Wallis)  A fascinating glimpses of old and new Dorchester highlighting the changing face of the town over a hundred years of the 20th century. Includes over 200 photographs. 144 pages.  Hardback.


Dorchester’s Great War Prison Camp – Living with the Enemy

(Brian Bates)  From 18 German civilians who arrived in Dorchester on 10 August 1914, this prisoner of war camp expanded to house 3,447 men in 113 huts by the end of 1915. This book shows what life was like inside…..


Dorset Through Time

(Steve Wallis)  Over 180 photographs are used to trace the changes that have affected many towns and villages in Dorset over the last century. The pictures are arranged in a ?then and now? fashion, with the modern photograph taken from…..


Sherborne, John Slade of, Maltster and Bankrupt

(Robert Nantes)  In the late 1820s John Slade borrowed heavily in order to set up as a Maltster and Brewer in Sherborne. Within a few years he was bankrupt and subsequently fled Sherborne. 24 pages.  Soft covers.


Dorset’s Forgotten Heroes

(David Beaton)  The story of more than 100 Dorset men and women whose exceptional courage or outstanding qualities make them true heroes. 128 pages.  Soft covers.


Dorset Privies

(Ian Fox)  This book presents a light-hearted look at Dorset’s loos of yesteryear with local anecdotes and photographs of those buildings still standing. It is fully illustrated. 96 pages.  Soft covers.