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Shaftesbury History With Bob Kelley – Guys Marsh Hospital

Shaftesbury historian Bob Kelley shares stories about Guys Marsh Prison’s former use as a military hospital.

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Wartime Shaftesbury – Letters Reveal Shaftesbury Area Bombing Before The Blitz

Previously on Alfred, Alex Wynter shared the story behind the Enmore Green memorial that commemorates the Weirs.

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Historian Bob Kelley Shares Stories About The Colourful Earls Of Shaftesbury

Historian Bob Kelley has been investigating the Earls of Shaftesbury, who lived at Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset and have no apparent connection to our town.

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The History And Nature Of Bury Litton – Shaftesbury’s ‘Gem’

It’s easy to miss the enchanting wooded area, Bury Litton, at the top of Shaftesbury’s St John’s Hill.

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Shaftesbury History – A Tragic Gold Hill Death In The 1930s

Shaftesbury historian Dave Hardiman continues sharing the stories of our town’s former residents.

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Wintery North Dorset Dialect Poetry With John Cluett

Shaftesbury musician John Cluett is a huge fan of the North Dorset dialect poetry of Victorian writer William Barnes.

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Bob Kelley On Shaftesbury’s Unique Byzant Ceremony

Shaftesbury historian Bob Kelley celebrates our unique Byzant procession.

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Shaftesbury History – The Tragic Family Loss Behind Enmore Green’s War Memorial

Shaftesbury has two main war memorials – at Park Walk and just outside the secondary school. Alfred’s Alex Wynter has been looking at a third memorial, that stands at the bottom of The Knapp in Enmore Green.

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The Story Of Shaftesbury’s Iconic Hine And Parsons Store

Alfred’s Sue Kidd learns more about Shaftesbury’s iconic department store, Hine and Parsons.

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Shaftesbury’s Secretive Wartime And Cold War Radio Station

Shaftesbury historian Bob Kelley remembers the huge bank of aerials which once stood high above Wincombe Lane, used for a wartime military listening station.

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