Medals salute to Bridport Land Army girls

It was more than half a lifetime ago but two Bridport Land Army girls finally received official recognition of their war efforts when Bridport mayor Martin Ray presented them with their Land Army commemoration medals.

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The Royal Forest’s of Dorset

in his book ‘The Royal Forests of England’ published by Methuen & Co. 1905, John Charles Cox states that ‘The county of Dorset had three royal forests at the time of the granting of the Forest Charter of Henry III. — Gillingham, Blackmore, and Poorstock’.  This is his description of them.

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The Bridport Railway

The Bridport Railway was a standard gauge branch line that operated in the county of Dorset in England. Starting at its junction with the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway line at Maiden Newton, the line ran to the town of Bridport and for a period on to West Bay, also known as Bridport Harbour.

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Philip Colfox (1888-1966)

William Philip Colfox was born on February 25, 1888 at Bridport, Dorset, England the son of Colonel Thomas Alfred Colfox of Coneygar, Bridport and Constance Nettlefold of Birmingham. He was educated at Eton College and Woolwich.

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The Monmouth Rebellion

James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch, was born on April 9th 1649, the illegitimate son of Charles II. He married Anne Scott, countess of Buccleuch, whose name he adopted, and was created a duke in 1663. Monmouth became captain-general of the armed forces in 1678.

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Bridport, Dorset (1816)

This description of Bridport, Dorset, England is taken from The representative history of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Hinton Burley Oldfield published in 1816.

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West Bay, Dorset, England

Until 1884 this was ‘Bridport Harbour’, but with the extension of the railway it was renamed West Bay and it became the ‘sea-side’ resort for Bridport. This description of West Bay was extracted from Charles Harper’s book ‘The Dorset Coast’published in 1905. The postcard is from around 1930.

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Prince Charles’s flight from Worcester

After the battle of Worcester on September 3rd 1651, the future King Charles II fled from the field attempting to reach the continent of Europe. Heading south he arrived in West Dorset. Even though he was only in the county for about three days, almost every town and village has a story relating to this episode in English history.

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Fatal Balloon Accident near Bridport

On December 10, 1881 in what must have been one of the earliest fatal air accidents in Dorset, the balloon ‘Saladin’ crashed into a field at Eypesmouth. The 1882 Edition of the Annual Register,which was a review of public events at home and abroad for the year 1881 reported the event as follows.

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Bridport Gets Weaving!

When in 1213, King John found he needed the production of rope and sailcloth for his navy’s ships increased; he issued a Royal decree to the effect. To make the canvas for the ship’s sails he looked to Bridport, Dorset, England as the place most appropriate for the nature of the task in hand.

Read J. Graham-Wilson’s article at Dorset-Ancestors

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