Horatio Mosley Moule (1832 – 1873)

Horatio Mosley Moule was the son of the inventor and Vicar of Fordington, Dorset, Henry Moule and his wife Mary Mullet Evans. A Tutor at Cambridge University and close friend of Thomas Hardy, he was to tragically commit suicide in 1873. Michael Russell has published a short biography here.

John Clavell Mansel-Pleydell (1817-1902)

In Volume XXIII of the ‘Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club’ published in 1902, there appeared an obituary to the Late John Clavell Mansel-Pleydell Esq. of Whatcombe, who had been its president.

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Execution at Dorchester

The following report on the public executions of murderers Charles Fookes and Alfred Preedy at Dorchester, Dorset, England appeared in the Times on March 28, 1863.

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Letter from Henry Moule to Prince Albert (2)

Having received an acknowledgement to his first letter to Prince Albert, Henry  Moule writes a second letter giving more more details of the conditions at Fordington.  In an attempt, one suspects, to keep up the pressure, he also informs the Prince that the correspondence will be published.

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Letter from C.B. Phipps to Henry Moule

The following letter was recieved by the Rev. Henry Moule of Fordington from Prince Albert’s private secretary The Hon. Colonel C.B. Phipps in response to his letter concerning the conditions at Fordington and the Cholera ourbreak.

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Letter from Henry Moule to Prince Albert (1)

In 1854 Cholera had broken out in the Dorset parish of Fordington which was part of the Duchy of Cornwall. The Rev. Henry Moule, Vicar of Fordington wrote a series of letters tp H.R.H. Prince Albert, president of the Council of the Duchy.  The eight letters were published in 1855. This is the first letter in that series.

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Henry Moule (1801-1880)

Divine and inventor, sixth son of George Moule, solicitor and banker, was born at Melksham, Wiltshire, 27 Jan. 1801, and educated at Marlborough grammar school. He was elected a foundation scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. 1821 and M.A. 1826. He was ordained to the curacy of Melksham in 1823, and took sole charge of Gillingham, Dorset, in 1825.

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