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Hilltop History – Episode 9

Listen to episode 9 of Alfred’s weekly ‘Hilltop History’ show.

On this week’s show:

  • Clare Ryley continues to tell the story of Shaftesbury through fifty items on display at Gold Hill Museum. Today she highlights two pieces of carved stonework found in the Abbey, which date back to the original smaller abbey that stood before the Norman conquest.
  • We tend to associate heavy industry with the Black Country or the North of England. But for over a century, generations of Shaftesbury men converged daily, like L S Lowry’s matchstick men, to clock on and off at John Farris’s iron foundry and factory close to the town centre. Bob Kelley explains how this improbable venture came about.
  • Rosie King talks about the women of the medieval Shaftesbury Abbey.
  • Dave Hardiman literally stumbled across a gravestone in Holy Trinity churchyard. He decided to find out who Albert Tamswell was.
  • Tom Crabbe reminisces about the Home Guard in Motcombe during a chat with Chris Goodinge.

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