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2022 Shaftesbury Anniversaries – Including 400 Years Of Button Making

2022 will be a year of Shaftesbury anniversaries and some new things to look forward to.

Highlights include Alfred on FM, Morrisons Daily opening on Bell St on 13th January, Coombe House opening at the former St Mary’s Shaftesbury site, the first book festival on 11th to 13th March, the extended 75-mile North Dorset Cycle Ride on 15th May, the Shaftesbury Food Festival on 8th May, Shaftesbury Fringe from 22nd to 24th July, Shaftesbury Carnival on 1st October and the centenary of Shaftesbury’s Royal British Legion in November.

2022 is the 400th anniversary of button making in Shaftesbury.

The tradition of Shaftesbury button making is also being celebrated this year. Shaftesbury button making started 400 years ago. Historian Penny-Jane Swift tells Alfred’s Nick Crump how the launch of this major local industry can be traced to one particular year. “There’s some suggestion that Napoleon Bonaparte’s baby’s clothes had Dorset buttons on,” Penny-Jane tells Nick.

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