How A Drain Cover By The Post Office Reveals Shaftesbury’s History

Shaftesbury resident Peter Stanier has written a number of books about the industrial archaeology of the West Country.

Over the next few weeks on Alfred, Peter will open our eyes to interesting features on the streets of Shaftesbury, which indicate how we used to live.

A ‘Farris’ drain cover

Today, Peter explains how a drain outside Shaftesbury Post Office tells the story of one of our town’s form industries.