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Open-Dorchester – Heritage Open Day Is A Great Success

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Thousands of visitors attended Open-Dorchester for the second annual heritage open day to take place in the county town. High West Street and High East Street were both closed to traffic for Open-Dorchester to improve accessibility for people to explore historic attractions, and learn more about the town’s rich heritage. Here’s a selection of photos… Read more »

Street Closure for Heritage Open Day in Dorchester

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Dorchester Heritage Committee have partnered with various local businesses to organise Heritage Open Day, which takes place on Sunday 15th September. High West Street and High East Street will be closed to traffic as part of the event. The road closure will be in place from 9:30am for a day full of activities to celebrate… Read more »

A History of The Eldridge Pope Brewery

Monday, September 10th, 2018

For over 100 years the imposing Eldridge Pope Brewery was one of the most important buildings in Dorchester, at the centre of the town’s economy and the involvement with the Pope family. This is the story of the Brewery throughout the 19th and 20th Century. The Origins of Eldridge Pope The link between Dorchester and… Read more »

Old Photos of Dorchester

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

It is always interesting to look back at how things used to be. Viewing old photos of Dorchester allows us to see how the previous inhabitants of the town used to live and how the architecture has largely remained unchanged. Whether it’s seeing a proud shop keeper outside his establishment in the town centre or viewing our predecessors… Read more »

Dorchester BID Launches Dorset Dialect Trails

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Words from Dorset’s past have been unveiled on a series of new trails launched in County Town by the Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District). 43 unique Dorset Dialect ‘plate clocks’ have been positioned around the county town to create six different themed trails. They are in a variety of different shops and other locations dotted… Read more »

Dorset County Museum hosts Thanksgiving Party

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

To celebrate the re-established links with Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts the Dorset County Museum is hosting a fundraising event for the proposed development at the museum on Friday 14th November 2014 from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. The museum is planning a major refurbishment and development scheme, to better house its collections and offer more opportunities for public… Read more »

The Most Haunted Places in Dorchester

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we would try and find out where the most spooky place is in and around Dorchester. Dorchester has an incredible history, and with a great mix of seventeen century buildings and talk of tunnels all round the town, finding a few ghostly stories shouldn’t be too hard… Read more »

Interview with David J Forrester

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Local author David J Forrester was raised in Fordington from the age of 3 months old. His long awaited book, Fordington Remembered – Growing up in and around Dorchester, is a mixture of memoir and local history, bringing to life the Dorchester of the 1940s/50s, a time of rationing, hardship and community spirit. Ahead of… Read more »

Interview with Brian Bates

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Brian Bates is a historian and author who has lived in Dorchester for the last 41 years. His latest book, Dorchester Remembers the Great War, is a vivid account of the impact on Edwardian Dorchester of one of the most devastating conflicts in human history. The launch of the book was held last week at… Read more »

Dorchester Tank Event

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Wow, what a weekend! It was great to see so many people turn out in Dorchester to watch the parade of WWII vehicles through the town for the Armour and Embarkation re-enactment 2012 event. Seeing all the old tanks, trucks, jeeps and motorbikes in one place really was quite a sight! If you missed it,… Read more »

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