Category Archives: Local history

A philanthropist who helped provide new homes to replace Dorchester’s Victorian slums has been commemorated with a Blue Plaque.

Mill Street, Fordington was where the poorest families lived in crumbling cob cottages and tenements with few comforts – no piped water and outside toilets often shared by many different residents.

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Behind the faded green doors of the Shire Hall an exciting and sympathetic transformation is taking place.

Up until a year ago the Shire Hall was opened periodically for people to visit the Old Crown Court where the well documented trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs was held in 1823.

When the Shire Hall reopens in March as...

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The dedication of a national memorial to the county regiment will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this month attended by HRH the Duke of Kent.

In May last year an appeal was launched for donations to create a lasting national tribute to the infantry soldiers who served the counties of Devon and...

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The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, is delighted to announce the opening of a new gallery portraying the military history of Dorchester and the County of Dorset through history. Concentrating on the human dimension, the gallery will tell a number of personal stories of Dorset soldiers and their families.

Among these are the experience and sacrifice of...

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Few aspects of the First World War arouse as much controversy and emotion as the execution by the British Army of 346 of its own soldiers. Of these 346 men, 266 were shot for desertion, 18 for cowardice and the rest for a variety of crimes, including mutiny and murder. The 266 accused of desertion...

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9th August 1856

 As the bell tolled eight, Martha Brown emerged from the prison building to a collective gasp from a crowd of some 3,000 onlookers.

An attractive woman with thick, curly hair, and wearing a long, tight-fitting black silk dress, Martha cut a poignant figure as she prepared for her final moments.

Showing great fortitude, she shook...

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