History

Why Bakers Home and Abroad Are Buying Flour Milled Near Shaftesbury

Mills have operated in Cann, near Shaftesbury, for over 900 years. Alfred learned how Stoate and Sons’ traditional approach has made their award-winning flour the toast of artisan bakers at home and abroad.

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Enmore Green Residents’ Memories Of Forgotten Stores And A Pop-Up Chip Shop

Enmore Green residents regularly share stories from the days when their community felt like a village, separate from Shaftesbury. Alfred attended ‘Tea and Memories’ as locals reminisced about a pop-up chip shop, more relaxed pub rules and a visiting Hollywood star.

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The Late-Night Shaftesbury Café That Attracted Celebrities In The Sixties

In the 1960s and early 1970s, a café on the A30 near Shaftesbury was one of the coolest late-night destinations in our part of the Westcountry. Alfred heard why the famous, and the infamous, stopped at the café on Sherborne Causeway.

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Pictures Showing Transformation Of Major Shaftesbury Landmark Sought

The hunt is on for photos of the work to redevelop of one of Shaftesbury’s landmark buildings. Trustees of the Trinity Centre are keen to uncover images of the former church being converted, ahead of a milestone anniversary next year.

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Ashmore to Zig Zag Hill – New Book And Shaftesbury Talk Featuring Old Dorset Postcards

There is huge interest in old photos that reveal how our area has changed over time. David Burnett is coming to Shaftesbury to talk about his ‘Lost Dorset’ book, a selection of 350 rural Dorset postcards, picked from a collection of over 10,000.

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How Berwick St John’s 1,000 Year History Was Brought To Life In 45 Minutes

In October, locals filled Berwick St John’s church to hear what sounded like a radio play starring one-third of villagers. The ‘soundscape’ recounted the village’s rich history. ThisIsAlfred discovered that the project leader’s story is as fascinating as Berwick’s.

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Storyteller Brings Different Perspective On Arthurian Legend To Shaftesbury

A professional storyteller will captivate her audience during the final autumn talk of 2019 at the Grosvenor Arms Hotel. Jane Flood’s stories will reveal a little-known aspect of the Arthurian legend – how powerful women supported King Arthur and his knights.

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Shaftesbury Encouraged To Discover The Groundbreaking Female Writer Few People Know

Frances Burney’s writing inspired Jane Austen. Virginia Woolf considered her ‘the mother of English literature’. Yet few people know about the 18th century author.

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Park Walk’s Café And Waiting To Watch Cars Crash – Locals Share Stories Of Shaftesbury’s Past

This month’s Shaftesbury Remembers session has been the best attended to date. Alfred squeezed into the packed library, viewed the pictures and heard residents share their personal memories of old Shaftesbury – stories that you won’t find in the history books.

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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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