Medieval Criminals and the Law

An introduction to the formidable collection of documents that relate to the law and criminals during the medieval period using case studies. In this podcast from The National Archives Podcast Series,  James Ross provides practical tips on how to access the collections, as well as shedding some light on one of the most fascinating areas of medieval society.

Litton School, Litton Cheney, Dorset (1868)

In November 1868 the Schools Inquiry Commission published the Special Reports of Assistant Commissioners to both Houses of Parliament.  The Assistant Commissioner for the South West Division was Mr. C.H. Stanton and it is his report on the Litton School at Litton Cheney, Dorset which follows.

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Thomas De Beckyngton (1390-1465)

Thomas De Beckyngton was Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1443 to 1465. This short biography was first published in Myths, Scenes & Worthies of Somerset By Charlotte Gilson Allen Boger in 1887

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Air raids sound like every-day events

Armed with a list of his old haunts and a list of his old friends, 83-year-old Peter Love, recently took a nostalgic trip back to the town where he spent his teenage years during the Second World War.

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Tracing births and deaths at sea

Ships carrying our ancestors to far-away places often arrived with more, or less, passengers than they they set out with. In this talk from The National Archives Podcast Series,  Dr Christopher Watts examines the vast range of records, both at The National Archives and elsewhere, that help us to trace such events.

William Barnes on Frome Vauchurch

In volume XII of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club published an article on the Churches of the Rural Deanery of Dorchester in 1891, by the late Rev. William Miles Barnes, better known as the Dorset Poet. This is his description of Frome Vauchurch.

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Maiden Newton Mills (1825)

In 1825 the Mills at Maiden Newton, Dorset, England were for sale, and the following announcement appeared in the Advertisements & Notices section of The Morning Chronicle (London, England) on Saturday, April 16, Saturday, April 23, Tuesday, April 26, 1825, and Friday, April 29,  1825. One mill was in the centre of the village and the other further downstream at Notton, but still within the parish.

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Finding Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths

This podcast from The National Archives Podcast Series provides an introduction to using the various sources for tracing records of births, marriages and deaths at the Family Records Centre and elsewhere. Ideal for beginners or those who want to refresh their knowledge of these crucial sources.

Blackdown School, Broadwinsor, Dorset 1867

Robert Smith, M.D., founded, in 1725, a school at Blackdown for the education of thirteen boys of Broadwinsor and Burstock. He endowed it with lands in the tithing of Childhay. Among the objects of the founder was the teaching of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, an ambitious curriculum in a rural locality where the pure mother tongue and the Three R’s are more obviously useful.

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Scouting manuscript to go on display

The original hand-written manuscript which started the Scouting movement 100 years ago is to go on display for the first time at Poole Museum in an exhibition which will run from March 21st until November 2nd, called Scouting For Boys… And Girls

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