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The Love Poems and Letters of William Barnes and Julia Miles

(Ed Charlotte H Lindgren) – Dorset Record Society publication 10. William Barnes was eighteen years old when he first glimpsed a lively young girl, whose name was Julia Miles, he believed to be ‘about sixteen’ with bright blue eyes and…..


Powerstock – A Dorset Parish Remembers

(ed Richard Connaughton)  The story of the eleven men from Powerstock and its close neighbours, Nettlecombe, North Porton and West Milton, who lost their lives in the First World War. As much information as possible has been gathered about each…..


Purbeck Century

(Rodney Legg)  The author on a unique ramble through his beloved Purbeck. History.  Geography and anecdote combine to examine the magic and mystery of the villages. 160 pages.  Hardback.


Sherborne Pub Walks – No 1: South From The Museum

(Barry Brock)  This series of three booklets covers all Sherborne’s old pubs and breweries that the author is aware of, a few of which still operate as pubs.  Many are now private dwellings. A short history of each of the…..


Sherborne Almshouse Register

(ed Ann Clark) The Almshouse Register is a rare document.  In the 1590s the governing body, the brethren of the almshouse, began to copy their most important records into this one volume. This transcription is in modern English for accessibility. …..


The Place of The Rural Blacksmith In Parish Life 1500-1900

(Marcia Evans)  The village forge was often a focus of local activity and here we have accounts of some of the families whose skills were passed on for generations. Details are provided from trade directories, censuses and militia lists. 122 pages. …..


Chaldon Herring

(Judith Stinton)  A history of the village with many names included, and indexed. 208 pages.  Soft covers.


Domesday Book – Dorset

(edited by John Morris)  The text has only once been set and printed, in 1783, in an edition of 1,200 copies, many of which have not survived. This edition is the only uniform English translation ever made, published in parallel…..


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 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 From Old Photographs

(Eddie Prowse)  A selection of photographs from the Weymouth born author’s collection of cards and postcards that may not have been seen previously. Includes 187 illustrations, including the town centre, the promenade and beach and residential streets in Weymouth, as…..


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…..


Shaftesbury Recollections

(Eric Olsen)  This diverse collection of 200 archive images has been selected to create a lively visual chronicle of Shaftesbury over the last 100 years. This hilltop Dorset town has gently absorbed the transitions of industry, and these old photographs…..


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…..