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Wilfred Brookes

“Through mud and blood to the green fields beyond”. Tank Corps motto. Whilst out recently on an autumnal walk I cut through Weymouth Cemetery towards Abbottsbury Road and laying in the green grass was a fallen, broken First World War headstone. It belonged to Wilfred…


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King Barrow Nature Reserve

Portland’s quarrying history has created distinctive,  almost lunar, landscape to explore, and one of my favourite spots is Kings Barrow Nature Reserve, located behind the Portland Heights Hotel off Yeates Road.. It is the site of former stone quarries abandoned over a hundred years ago.…


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A stroll from Lower Bockhampton to St Michael’s Church, Stinsford

Last Sunday was Father’s Day and like many families we decided to go for stroll in the afternoon to work off our large celebratory lunch. As the age range of our group was from 10 to 83 we needed a walk that wasn’t too physically challenging but had some…


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Tout Quarry

When you think of walking on Portland  you may think first of the area down towards the Bill, the picturesque east coast around Church Ope Cove, you probably wouldn’t consider wandering around a disused quarry. But it is the quarries where the heart of Portland once lay. All around…


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The 211th anniversary of the sinking of the Earl of Abergavenny

Today, 5th February 2016, is the 211th anniversary of the sinking of the Earl of Abergavenny, after it struck the notorious Shambles bank, just south of Portland Bill. Built by Thomas Pitcher at his shipping yard in Kent in 1797, she was one of the largest…


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Constable arrested by Dorset beauty!

In room 34, level 2, of the National Gallery in London hangs the Constable Collection. Visitors travel from all over the world to view the paintings of this great 19th century landscape painter. But one of these paintings – Weymouth Bay – interests me the…


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Reginald Younghusband – Weymouth’s Forgotten Soldier

The film Zulu – released 50 years ago last December– is a film that many  regard as the best war movie ever made. It tells the story of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 – which the Victorians considered the British Empire’s finest hour. Against all…


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Christmas at Weymouth Union Workhouse

Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published a hundred and seventy one years ago. The idea of Dickens’ Carol was one of the greatest influences in returning the old Christmas traditions of England but,  while it brings to the reader images of charity, happiness, warmth and…


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North Quay Tudor House

Walking along Weymouth North Quay today it is hard to imagine that this was once a historic bustling area with houses, shops, pubs and businesses lining the quay. But if you take a look into the harbour you will see a clue to its past…


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Radipole Lake

A few weeks ago on a beautiful October autumn day I decided to go for a stroll around Radipole Lake. This is one of my favourite spots in Weymouth. There are not many towns that can boast to having a nature reserve in their midst.…


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