John Brown, Headmaster

In the 1880 edition of Kelly’s directory, John Brown is listed as organist to the parish church, bookseller, stationer, dealer in musical instruments and agent for R.R. Williams, bankers. Unless you look hard you may never notice that his main job was that of headmaster of the National School.

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Hailstorm hits West Dorset

On June 16, 1870 a severe hailstorm swept across West Dorset. The storm was described by Philip H Newnham, Rector of Frome Vauchurch in a letter to the Editor of the Meteorological Magazine.

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William Joseph Rogers (1893-1917)

The War Memorial at Maiden Newton, Dorset was build to comemorate the men of Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch who gave their lives during the First World War, so why was one of the names, W.J. Rogers of the 10th Canadians included?

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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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There’s a war on!

Maiden Newton, Dorset stepped back in time and was transformed into a 1940s Second World War scene complete with tanks, air raid sirens and a battle re-enactment.

Read the report by Miriam Phillips in the Dorset Echo

Sherman Tank at Maiden Newton, Dorset

A short vido clip by Daniel Wisbey from the Maiden Newton @ War weekend held at Maiden Newton, Dorset, England this weekend.

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Maiden Newton @ War

In August 2006 the idea of having a large event in order to raise money for local village organisations within Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch, was put forward for consideration. A few subjects were considered, but the chosen theme was WWII and the 1940s.

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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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White Horse Inn, Maiden Newton

This description and pictures of the White Horse Inn, Maiden Newton, Dorset, England were originally published in The Old Inns of Old England and a Picturesque Account of the Ancient and Storied Hostelries of our own Country, Volume II by Charles George Harper, Published in 1906 by Chapman and Hall,Limited.

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Maiden Newton Churchyard Cross

In 1906 Alfred Pope wrote ‘The Old Stone Crosses of Dorset’. I have already published an extract about the old market cross at Maiden Newton. He also covered the less well known Churchyard Cross and it is that article which follows.

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