Publish in 1889, The Municipal Records of the Borough of Shaftesbury by Charles Herbert Mayo are subtitled ‘A Contribution to Shastonian History’.
in his book ‘The Royal Forests of England’ published by Methuen & Co. 1905, John Charles Cox states that ‘The county of Dorset had three royal forests at the time of the granting of the Forest Charter of Henry III. — Gillingham, Blackmore, and Poorstock’. This is his description of them.
On March 18, 978, King Edward the Martyr was hunting with dogs and horsemen near Wareham in Dorset. During this activity, the king decided to visit his young brother Ethelred who was being brought up in the house of his mother Ælfthryth at Corfe Castle, near Wareham. Separated from his retinue, the King arrived alone at the castle. While still on his horse in the lower part of the castle, Ælfthryth offered Edward a glass of mead and, while he was drinking it, he was stabbed by one of the queen’s party. He rode away, but soon fell from his horse and was dragged with one foot in the stirrup until the corpse fell into a stream at the base of the hill upon which Corfe Castle stands.
The High House Press was founded at Shaftesbury, Dorset in the summer of 1924. In this article from the Dorset Life magazine, Jeremy Archer looks at a 1930s publication on Shaftesbury and how the town has changed.
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The Abbey at Shaftesbury was once one of the richest religious houses in the country. An article by Tony Burton-Page in the Dorset Life Magazine recounts its turbulent history.
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James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch, was born on April 9th 1649, the illegitimate son of Charles II. He married Anne Scott, countess of Buccleuch, whose name he adopted, and was created a duke in 1663. Monmouth became captain-general of the armed forces in 1678.
This description of Shaftesbury, Dorset, England is taken from The representative history of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Hinton Burley Oldfield published in 1816.
Henry Hastings was the absolute stereotype for the eccentric, hunting, shooting and fishing, English country squire. Even in his own time he was considered far from typical. Henry became the squire of Woodlands upon his marriage to Dorothy Willoughby in 1587. The following description of him is attributed to Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, later the first Earl of Shaftesbury, and describes Henry in 1638 at the time of his wifes death. Although it must have been written, or at least updated, over twenty years later following his death.
A Description of the town of Shaftesbury, Dorset, England as described by Samuel Lewis in A Topographical Dictionary of England, Published in London in 1831.