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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…..


South West Family Histories

(Stuart A Raymond)  A listing of all published histories and pedigrees relating to families which were resident in the historic counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It includes published books and journal articles, but not notes…..


Wells and the Great War

(Eric Galvin)  This book is based on detailed research into the lives and experiences of the nineteen men, from twelve families, listed on the roll of honour in the Catholic Church of SS Joseph and Teresa in Wells. Starting from…..


North Cadbury Parish, A Social History of

(Sam Miller)  A series of 32 chapters deal with many aspects of life in North Cadbury, Galhampton and Woolston, covering information such as parish registers, doctors’ remedies, law and order, the militia, parish poor houses, apprentices, tradesmen and poor/church rates……



(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…..


Basic Facts about the Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll

(Richard Ratcliffe)  The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll is a unique set of fifty large leather-bound volumes, which are located at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster. This contains the names of over one million people who donated a guinea to the…..


High Ham – Just a PC to Let You Know

(Grace Rubery)  A collection of early 20th century postcards found in an album belonging to a High Ham family. The postcards are reproduced in this booklet, together with a transcription of the message, and identification of the sender and recipient…..


Luccombe and Stoke Pero Parish Registers

A transcription of: Luccombe: Christenings 1594-1837, Marriages 1594-1837, Burials 1594-1837 Stoke Pero: Christenings 1598-1836, Marriages 1598-1836, Burials 1598-1836.


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…..


Basic Facts about Heraldry for Family Historians

(Iain Swinnerton)  Heraldry can be very useful to the family historian as it can show marriage alliances, descents and occupations; it has rightly been called the shorthand of history. The booklet sets out to explain the basic principles of heraldry…..


Chilton Polden: The Tithe Apportionment for the Hamlet of Chilton Polden in Somerset – 1839

A transcription of the tithe apportionment for the hamlet of Chilton Polden, taken from the original dated 20 March 1839. A reduced tracing, in sections, of the associated tithe map ins included, together with indexes of map references and occupiers……


Lamb’s Tail Soup – Shepton Beauchamp in Pictures

(Patricia Pearce)  A collection of pictures from Shepton Beauchamp, spanning the 20th century, together with informative captions and explanatory text where more information is available. 54 pages, soft covers.


Luxborough Parish Registers

A transcription of: Christenings 1594-1837, Marriages 1594-1837, Burials 1594-1837.


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. …..


Clevedon St. Andrew’s Churchwardens’ Accounts, 1730 – 1801

A transcription of the Churchwardens’ Accounts of Clevedon Parish Church, made in the period up to 1994, from 1730 to the end of the 18th century, from the original at the County Archives. In the index of names spellings have…..