Corfe Castle (1908)

What to see in England, A Guide to Places of Historic Interest, Natural Beauty or Literary Association was published in 1908 by Gordon Home. Primarily designed to encourage rail travel this book contains short descriptions of the places with precise details on how to get there from London. This is his description of Corfe Castle, Dorset without the travel directions.

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Tradition born in a school for boys

In 1978 an after-school club was formed at what was then Thomas Hardye School for Boys at Dorchester, Dorset – and one of the activities was morris dancing.

Read the full story by Nicola Rayner in the Dorset Echo

Matthew Prior (1664-1721)

Poet and Diplomat, Matthew Prior was born on July 21, 1664 in the vicinity of Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England the son of a nonconformist joiner. 

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Body found in a coffer

On August 26, 1726 it was reported in the Taunton Journal that ‘They write from North Bradley, near Trowbridge in Wiltshire, that there was lately found there (hid in a coffer or large box) the body of the Widow Crabb, an ancient woman of that place, who had been bed ridden for several years.’

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Early Australian Archives Go Online

The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

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Memories of a misspent childhood

The boys who were roaming around Weymouth’s abandoned Nothe Fort 50 years ago have answered a call from staff to come forward and help with a film about its colourful history.

Read the full story by Harry Walton in the Dorset Echo

Kingston House, Dorset (1820)

In 1820, J Criswick published ‘A walk around Dorchester’, described as Containing an Account of Every Thing Worthy the observation of the traveller and Antiquary, within that ancient tow and the circumference of a few miles, compiled from the best authrities. This is his description of Kingston (Maurward) House.

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Was Richard II mad?

In this podcast from the National Archives, Terry Jones, ‘Python’, historian, broadcaster, actor, director and comedian has called King Richard II a victim of spin. Here he sets out to rescue his reputation and lift the lid on the turbulent world of 14th century politics.

Ancestry Launches 1891 Canadian National Census Online

Family Histor web site Ancsetry has launched online for the first time the 1891 Census of Canada, which contains 4.5 million searchable names and 90,000 images of original census pages. Included is information from all then-existing Canadian provinces and territories.

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Tracing World War One ancestors

In this podcast from the National Archives, William Spencer takes you through the key records for tracing your World War One ancestors including records of women who were nurses or in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

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