Upton House, Dorset

Located on the edge of the village of Upton is one of the most interesting houses in Dorset. Upton House is set on a knoll, 45ft above sea level overlooking Poole Harbour, and a corridor of lawns free of trees gives a clear view of the harbour and Pergins Island from Upton’s terraces.

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Henry Fielding, Novelist (1707-1764)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Introduction To Family History

Need advice on how to begin tracing your family’s past? Presented by Audrey Collins, this talk from the National Archives is for anyone new to family history. As well as advising on good research habits, the speaker provides an overview of the main resources available to family historians, such as birth and marriage certificates, online and offline resources, parish records, military records and newspapers.

Richard Michell, Scholar (1805-1877)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Norrie and Hardy

The success of the BBC series Tess has reawakened interest in the novels of Thomas Hardy. The last known living link with Hardy is 102-year-old Norrie Woodhall from Owermoigne, Dorset, England.

Read the full story by Nicola Rayner in the Dorset Echo

National Collections Strategy: have your say

On September 22, 2008 the National Archives, a government department and an executive agency of the Secretary of State for Justice, which brings together the Public Record Office, Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office issued the following.

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Francis Gwyn, Politician (c1648-1734)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Charmouth, Dorset (1872)

The following description and brief history of Dorchester, Dorset, England is taken from ‘Black’s Guide to Dorsetshire’ By Adam and Charles Black Published in 1872

CHARMOUTH (population, 664. Inns: Coach and Horses, The George), chiefly built upon the low land watered by the Char (which rises at Lewesdon Hill, 9 miles distant), and rambling along the sea-shore, but not altogether disdaining the beautiful prospects afforded by the hill — the “Plinlimmon of Dorset” — which rises in the rear, and whose slopes are now dotted with many pleasant villas.

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Robert Napier or Napper, Royalist (1611-1686)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Dorchester, Dorset 1872

The following description and brief history of Dorchester, Dorset, England is taken from ‘Black’s Guide to Dorsetshire’ By Adam and Charles Black Published in 1872

Dorchester is the county-town of Dorsetshire, and a parliamentary borough, returning two representatives (R. B. Sheridan, Esq., and Captain Street).

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