Ivor Strange (1929-2007)

Popular local author, Ivor Strange, who was born and bred in Dorchester, Dorset, England has died, leaving a series of books on the county town.

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The Annie Moore Story

Short film celebrating the life of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island. Written, produced, directed, and cast by 11-year-old Irish students from Scoil Oilibhéir in Cork, Ireland.

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Henry Richard Tompkins (1781-1864)

Henry Richard Tompkins was baptised on April 22, 1781 at Puncknowle, Dorset, England, the 5th of 8 children to Nicholas Tompkins and his wife Joan Wallbridge.  On May 18, 1818 at Puncknowle witnessed by Bernard Cox and William Thorner he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph & Jane Cox.

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Three Müller Orphans

George Müller (1805-1898) was a Prussian-born English evangelist and philanthropist. A man of faith and prayer, he established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. George Müller (1805-1898) was a Prussian-born English evangelist and philanthropist. A man of faith and prayer, he established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. The work of Müller and his wife with orphans begin in 1836 with the preparation of their own home in Bristol for the accommodation of thirty girls. Soon after, three more houses were furnished, growing the total of children cared for to 130. In 1845, as growth continued, Müller decided that a separate building designed to house 300 children was necessary, and in 1849, at Ashley Down, Bristol, that home opened. By 1870, more than 2,000 children were being accommodated in five homes.

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Pip, Squeak and Wilfred

Pip, Squeak and WilfredThe combination of the 1914/15 Star, Victory Medal and War Medal was fairly commonplace. You could observe hundreds of them in Armistice Day parades, right up to the early ’70’s. This combination earned for itself the common nickname, ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’.

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A. Pearce & Co. (1918-1990)

Bedford OBAlbert Pearce set up in business as the local carrier a few weeks after the end of the first world war in the Dorset Village of Cattistock after buying a coal round and carrier service from fellow villager Percy Shorto. Albert and his wife Susan, their family and their descendants, were to serve the transport needs of the local area for over seventy years. 

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Miss Nora Blatch Adds To Her Aquatic Laurels

Young Woman Who Recently Swam Across Seneca Lake Has Accomplished the More Difficult Feat of Crossing Cayuga Lake.

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The Musical Horler’s of Single Hill, Somerset

Isaac Horler was baptised at Kilmersdon, Somerset, England on September 28, 1834 the son of William Horler and Ann Bryant who lived at Stratton. It is presumed that Isaac came to Single Hill, Somerset, England to work in the coal mines, his occupation in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 census returns.

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Grace (Coombs) Strange (1750-1811)

Grace Coombs was baptised on April 17, 1750 at Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England the daughter of Robert Coombs and Martha Nutt.  On May 25, 1772 at Cerne Abbas, Grace married John Strange. The couple had 7 known children. At the time Grace wrote her will on June 7,1811 she was a widow. The following is a transcript of that will, plus a codicil proved at London on October 15, 1811.

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Unheard Voices

As part of a community project the BBC have been recording the stories of people in West and North Dorset. Stories range from a rugby player with a penchant for ballroom dancing, a soldier who moonlights as a drag queen to an office clerk who unwinds at night by fronting a punk band!

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