This statue of Thomas Hardy stands at the Top O’ Town, Dorchester, remembering Dorset’s most famous and loved author and poet. Born in 1840, apart from five years in London, he lived all his life in Dorset dying in 1928 at Max Gate, his home in Dorchester.
Alfred the Great was a truly great king– frustrating Viking assaults on his kingdom of Wessex that he governed from 871 to 899. This statue of him surveys the garden of the Abbey at Shaftesbury and the country towards South Dorset. It was sculpted in the early 1990’s by Andrew Du Mont
The stag which surmounts the entrance arch on the north side of Charborough Park, the home of the Drax family for over 400 years, can appear from some directions, to have five legs.
This statue is in front of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Museum. It depicts George Loveless, the leader of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, languishing in Dorchester prison recovering from sickness before being deported to Australia with the other martyrs.
This charming little shelter recessed into the wall at Iwerne Minster is made from the same local stone as the wall, with stone tiles for the roof.
Thorncombe has a shelter made from a real mix of materials – two types of brick, stone, and wood with very elegant tiling on the roof. It stands by the water tap that was installed in 1902 in memory of William Evans, whose mother had bought and renovated Forde Abbey;
This bus shelter is at Bloxworth and was rebuilt during the early 1970’s. Its sturdy, plain construction is a tribute to the work of Leonard Hardy and the philanthropy of Tom Dulake who paid for and presented it to the village.
At Bagber on the main A357 over the River Lydden, a tributary of the Stour, an 18th century stone bridge carries the westbound traffic and a 20th century steel bridge the eastbound. Twofords refers to the original river crossing not the two present day crossings. In 1942, preparations for D-Day, the liberation of Europe, were […]
The main exhibit at the Ball Clay Mining Museum at Norden is this minehead transhipment building. Originally sited at Norden No 7 mine, it was moved and reerrected with new corrugated sheeting and should be open to the public during 2013.
AS YOU TRAVEL north from Beaminster towards Mosterton and Crewkerne the road takes you through Beaminster tunnel formerly known as Horn Hill tunnel. This civil engineering project was completed in 1832 taking less than three years from the application for the necessary Act of Parliament. That the construction went so quickly was due in a […]