History

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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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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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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