Discover Dorset Series

 



Blackmore Vale

£6.60

Blackmore Vale

(Hilary Towsend) The Blackmore Vale is Dorset at its most intimate and down-to-earth.  The author brings a wonderfully personal touch to what is the first guide to the Blackmore Vale to be published.  87 pages.  Soft covers.  Over-the-counter price £4.95... [more info]

Bridges

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Bridges

(David McFetrich & Jo Parsons)  Dorset's bridges form a rich architectural legacy that is all too often overlooked.  Those pictured and described in the book span 800 years, from the Middle Ages to the present, and range from the simple stone arch to bridges once regarded as being at the forefront of bridge-building technology. ... [more info]

Castles & Forts

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Castles & Forts

(Colin Pomeroy)  Dorset's surviving castles and forts are the visible record of a past that stretches back for more than a thousand years.  They belong to three main periods: those dating to the Middle Ages, the coastal castles built during Tudor times, and the Victorian and twentieth century forts built to defend our island shores from... [more info]

Dress & Textiles

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Dress & Textiles

(Rachel Worth)  Dorset's smocks and unmistakable 'knob' buttons are the most famous examples of a whole range of once flourishing textile industries.  The villages and towns involved in the various textiles and their accessories: wool, linen, silk, ribbons, lace, stockings, bonnets and buttons are dealt with.  These industries wer... [more info]

Follies

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Follies

(Jonathan Holt)  Dorset's follies are amongst its greatest architectural delights.  Some, like the Horton Tower and Hardy's Monument, are famous landmarks.  Throughout the county there are grottoes, obelisks, temples, shell gardens, fake forts, arches, pavilions and even a sham chapel.  79 pages.  Soft covers.  Over... [more info]

Fossils

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Fossils

(Richard Edmonds)  Few places in the British Isles are as rich in fossils as Dorset.  Thanks to its remarkable geology and the instability of much of the coast, new and often important discoveries continue to be made, often by amateur collectors.  79 pages.  Soft covers.  Over-the-counter price £4.95... [more info]

Georgians, The

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Georgians, The

(Jo Draper)  Two centuries of agricultural change and the growth of the towns have transformed Dorset's Georgian landscape.  Using contemporary illustrations and concentrating on those who lived in the eighteenth century Dorset, the author has superbly captured the character of its Georgian past.  79 pages.  Soft covers. ... [more info]

Industrial Past, The

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Industrial Past, The

(Peter Stanier)  One of the delights of a rural county like Dorset is its mix of traditional small-scale industries, many based on natural resources.  The book details location of these industries, broken down by categories: raw materials, manufacturing, power and utilities and transport.  79 pages.  Soft covers.  Over-th... [more info]

Isle of Purbeck

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Isle of Purbeck

(Paul Hyland)   Despite its popularity, few corners of England have as much to offer as the Isle of Purbeck - or remain so unspoilt.  The author vividly describes the character of the area; its past dominated by the marble and stone industry, and its present by the ruins of Corfe Castle and the largest onshore oilfield in Europe.  7... [more info]

Legends

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Legends

(Jeremy Harte) Dorset's legends are its traditional stories told and retold over many centuries.  They are the authentic voice of its past, its oral history, containing everything that real history doesn't.  Time has embellished some; in others the confusing details of real life have been smoothed into grander patterns.  The autho... [more info]

Mills

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Mills

(Peter Stanier) Dorset's rivers and streams have powered over 400 mills.  Today, only a handful of mill wheels still turn, and only one commercial watermill remains open. The book deals at least a mention of nearly sixty of these mills, and includes photograph of nearly thirty of them.  79 pages.  Soft covers.  Over-the-count... [more info]

Place Names

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Place Names

(A D Mills)  Dorset is blessed with a rich variety of place-names, many of them unique to the county or made up of rare Celtic words that are now obsolete.  Some are Anglo-Saxon, some Norman French or Latin.  Others provide clues about the economy of a place, even its industries, crops or soil.  The author breathes fresh lif... [more info]

Portland

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Portland

(Stuart Morris)  The Island and Royal Manor of Portland is unique in Great Britain, and even today retains an atmosphere and identity that are all its own.  The author provides a portrait of the island that both brings its past to life and adds to our enjoyment of Portland today.  79 pages.  Soft covers.  Over-the-counter... [more info]

Pottery

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Pottery

(Penny Copland-Griffiths)  The potteries of Dorset are amongst the most enduring of all the crafts associated with the county.  The clay beds of south and east Dorset have long provided potters with a livelihood.  The author traces the history of pottery in the county, and looks at the present day pottery businesses.  75 pages... [more info]

Railway Stations

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Railway Stations

(Mike Oakley)  Dorset once had 69 railway stations and halts: today only 23 remain open.  This is the first book specifically on the county's stations to be published, and includes photographs of all but one.  Collectively they add a unique chapter to the county's social and economic history.  95 pages.  Soft covers.&nbs... [more info]

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