History

From Scythes To Rat Poison – The Unusual Ways Of Dying In Tudor Dorset and Wiltshire

An Oxford academic will soon share stories of the strange ways in which Wiltshire and Dorset people died during the Tudor years.

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The Shoe Scrapers Of Shaftesbury – History At Your Feet

Next time you walk around town, look down and see whether you can spot a shoe scraper. These practical decorations were fitted alongside doorways during horse-drawn carriage days.

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Special Events Planned For Shaftesbury’s VE Day Celebrations

Proposals to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day have been welcomed by a resident who attended the town’s original celebration. Robert Mullins shared his memories of wartime Shaftesbury, as Alfred learned about next year’s plans.

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Archaeologists Uncover ‘Find Of The Dig’ As Shaftesbury Abbey Summer Excavations End

Volunteer archaeologists working on the SAVED project have made an exciting discovery, three days before the end of their six-week Shaftesbury Abbey excavations.

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Man ‘Shot Inside Shaftesbury Town Hall’ Returns To Share His Story

A former Shaftesbury Grammar School pupil has revisited the Town Hall for the first time since he was hospitalised following a firearms incident there. Alfred’s Keri Jones heard his incredible story.

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Shaftesbury Archaeologist Hopeful That Previous Abbey Digs Haven’t Disrupted Historic Evidence

Archaeologists excavating Shaftesbury’s Abbey grounds are hopeful that clues, which could reveal the Abbey’s layout, still lie undisturbed beneath the gardens.

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Council Approves Archaeological Digging Around Shaftesbury’s Most Historic Sites

A group of volunteers trying to uncover Shaftesbury’s Saxon past has been granted permission to sink ‘test pits’ in the most historic areas of our town.

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History Talk Reveals Reason For Buckets On Shaftesbury’s Streets

On Thursday, visitors to Shaftesbury Library will be offered a glimpse into life in our town around 100 years ago when volunteers from Gold Hill Museum show photographs and share stories from their ‘Shaftesbury Remembers’ Great War project.

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Pipes, Pumps And Pubs – Discover The History Of Shaftesbury’s Water At Gold Hill Museum

Gold Hill Museum is celebrating the ingenuity of locals in accessing water in a hilltop town without a ready supply. One of their 2019 exhibitions features Shaftesbury’s long association with pipes, pumps and pubs.

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Walkers Wanted To Help Re-enact Historic Procession To Shaftesbury

A Shaftesbury woman is recruiting ramblers to check footpaths ahead of the re-enactment of a historic procession across Dorset.

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