This article on Swanage and the surrounding area by W. Armstrong Willis first appeared in The Gentleman’s Magazine, Published by F. Jefferies in 1889.
In this article from the Dorset Life Magazine Lilian Ladle introduces a tantalising glimpse of Victorian Wareham.
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.
Wareham’s familiar walls were part of a remarkable defensive system conceived and carried out by Wessex’s greatest king. An article by Kester George in the Dorset Life Magazine tells their story and raises some questions.
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William Knapp was parish clerk of St. James’s Church, Poole, Dorset, England for a period of thirty-nine years, and one of the most popular composers of music for country church choirs in England in the second half of the eighteenth century.
This description of Wareham, Dorset, England is taken from The representative history of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Hinton Burley Oldfield published in 1816.
Thomas Pride was born on March 29, 1835 at Wool, Dorset, England. He was the son of agricultural labourer, Robert Pride and his wife Ann King. Thomas spent his childhood around Wool where he is recorded in 1841 at Bovington and in 1851 at Bindon Lane. Whilst his father was from Dorset it should be noted his mother, although a British Subject, was born in America.
A Description of the town of Wareham, Dorset, England as described by Samuel Lewis in A Topographical Dictionary of England, Published in London in 1831.