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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 Quarter Sessions Order Book 1625-1638

(Ed Terry Hearing & Sarah Bridges) Dorset Record Society Vol 14.  Consists of 642 numbered folios plus some additional sheets. The Order Book is the earliest available for the County of Dorset, and no other documents concerning Quarter Sessions for…..


Beaminster – The Death and Times of John Daniel

(Marie de G Eedle and Raymond E Paul).  An alternative title might be: ‘Beaminster and its Apparitions Extraordinary of AD 1728’. The idea for this book arose out of research done by the Beaminster Community Play Research Team, a group…..


Dorset’s War Diary

(Rodney Legg)  Tells the story on a daily basis, from the threat of German invasion during the hot summer of 1939, through radar research and the secret war, to the arrival of the US Army and the cross-channel sea and…..


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.


Dorset – Curious and Surprising

(Roger Guttridge)  The country clergyman who eloped with a parishioner’s wife … the stranded whale that became a tourist attraction on a Dorset beach … the spinster who kept her companion’s body for almost three years without reporting her death……


Dunshay – Reflections on a Dorset Manor House

(Dr Andrew Norman)  An attractive yet simple medieval house, its former inhabitants include figures who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of architecture, art and sculpture.  Their contributions have been not just of local importance but of national, and…..


Yours Reverently … from the pulpit, the pub and the Parish Notes 1948-1953

(Rev Oliver Wilmott)  Records of village life around Loders, Dottery & Askerswell. 250 pages.  Soft covers.