History

David Burnett – How Turnpikes Transformed Shaftesbury Area Travel

Dorset historian and publisher David Burnett explains how the turnpike trusts transformed travel in and around the Shaftesbury area.

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John Brickell’s Melbury Lions Cycle Speedway Memories

In the late 1940s and 1950s, cycle speedway was the big weekend event in the Shaftesbury area.

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More Of John Cluett’s North Dorset Dialect

John Cluett shares more local North Dorset dialect words.

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Shaftesbury Town Crier Cliff Skey With Dorset Weather Lore

Shaftesbury Town Crier Cliff Skey offers some old words and phrases of weather wisdom.

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Dave Hardiman On The Severe Penalties For Crime In 19th Century Shaftesbury

Dave Hardiman offers us an insight into life in Georgian and Victorian Shaftesbury.

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David Burnett On Zig Zag Hill’s History

Dorset historian and publisher David Burnett shares his research into the history of Zig Zag Hill.

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Dorset Dialect And Tales Of Haymaking With John Cluett

John Cluett reads a summery poem by Dorset poet William Barnes in traditional Dorset dialect.

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Robert Mullins’ Shaftesbury History – Petrol Sales And Public Loos On The High Street

Robert Mullins shares more stories that reveal how much our town has changed within living memory.

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