This extract of the Last Will and Testament of William Horsforde of Dorchester was first published in Genealogical gleanings in England By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, on behalf of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1885.
The following extract is from Notes & queries for Somerset and Dorset published printed by J. C. Satwell, 1907.
Les and Michael Musgrove are willow growers from Westonzoyland. They own around fifty acres of willow beds near Langport. Ninety percent of the willow they grow is Black Maul. This variety is popular with basket-makers as its generally seen as being the best working willow. The men use a small machine to cut the willow, which was traditionally cut by hand. As long as willow baskets continue to be made, both men see a future in the industry.
It is now more than ten years since the livestock market at Sturminster Newton closed down, bringing to an end 700 years of tradition. There was a project gathering views and ideas on video from the users of the market as part of the effort to keep it open. The realisation of what the closure meant to the people who used it was part of the inspiration behind the concept of “Farm Radio“.
During the night of 24 March 1944, 76 airmen escaped from the Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft III. Only three made it home and, of the remainder, 50 were murdered on Hitler’s orders. This talk from the National Archives will explain what actually happened in the so-called Great Escape, one of the Second World War’s most infamous incidents.
Wallace Musgrave was a member of the Musgrave basket-making family of Stoke St Gregory, a village at the heart of the Somerset Levels. He made baskets and worked for the Drainage Board around Aller Moor, Middlezoy and Westonzoyland. Mr Musgrave attended Drainage Board meetings and collected rent from farmers; he was an expert on the history of drainage on the Levels.
This extract of the Last Will and Testament of Mary Godwyn of Lyme Regis was first published in Genealogical gleanings in England By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, on behalf of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1885.
Paul C Ensom celebrates Frederick Whitehead, a naturalist painter with a fine eye for the landscapes of Dorset in all its moods
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Brothers Peter and Tony Musgrave worked in the family willow merchant’s and basket-making business, which was started by their grandfather and carried on by their father. The business peaked during World War II when they had a contract with the War Ministry to make baskets for dropping supplies by parachute into occupied Europe. Although the brothers would have liked to go into the business, their father was adamant that they should not do so as he thought it was a dying industry. When their father became too old to carry on he gave the business to the remaining workers, and it soon finished. Peter and Tony are sad that such a flourishing enterprise should have completely vanished. Peter became a company director and Tony was a draughtsman with Westlands, the leading helicopter company based in Yeovil.
The problem of serious habitual criminals and how to keep track of them greatly exercised the minds of our Victorian and Edwardian forebears. This lecture from the National Archives focuses on the methods utilised by police and government to record and monitor such offenders, and how the surviving records can beused by present-day historians to investigate both historical and contemporary questions concerning serious and persistent crime.