The Siege of Melcombe.

Originally posted on The Crabchurch Conspiracy:
Today, 10th February 2015 marks the 370th anniversary of the commencement of the Siege of Melcombe. It lasted for almost a week and followed the surprise attack by Portlanders upon the two main forts of Weymouth. With superior numbers, ordnance and a massive height advantage, the Royalists were determined…

Who stole the Christmas dinner?…Weymouth 1862.

Well…that time of year is almost upon us again, when everyone scurries around filling their baskets and trollies with a seemingly bizarre amount of food and goodies. Perhaps it’ll be a good time to take a peek back into history, see what sort of Weymouth our ancestors were living in, the everyday lives of the townsfolk…

Trouble and strife…I’ve done for me wife! Weymouth 1895

On a beautiful clear but chilly Monday in January of 1895 a terrible scene took place on the normally peaceful Weymouth esplanade, one that shocked those out enjoying an afternoon strolling in the  crisp days sunshine. Early that morning two persons ‘of a certain class,’ (according to the magistrate,) had boarded the train from their home town…

Shopping in St Mary Street at the turn of the century:Part 1.

Over the next few posts on here I’m going to take you  for a stroll down through old Weymouth town, starting off in St Mary Street. Our visit will take place at the turn of the century; Queen Victoria’s long reign is about to come to an end with her sad demise and her son Edward…

Victorian Weymouth; Bicycle Club.

Cycling, or rather as the Victorians referred to it, bicycling, became a popular up and coming sport in the late Victorian era, and some Weymouth residents were quick off the mark to take up this past time. As usual, there were those who took it very seriously, they’d formed a Bicycle Club in the town, but as…

Cycling on the Weymouth Esplanade…nothing’s new under the sun!

Ever since the Georgian era the beautiful curve of Weymouth Esplanade was the place to be seen. This grand gravelled walk, defined on one side by the sea wall and the other by its reknown line of white Portland stone posts and chains was where people from all walks of life like to promenade of a…

http://www.ifwallscouldtalk.org.uk/ranelagh-road-weymouth-1920/

   Not with the Victorian period, but with the commemorations of WWI coming up, I thought something from around that period might be appropriate. These are two of the buildings in Ranelagh Road mentioned in the piece,  The top one is what was once the Ranelagh Hotel and public house, sitting at the start of the road…

The Victorians love of seaside fairy lights.

Living in a traditional seaside town as I do, I have grown up with, always loved, and miss terribly, the good old fairy lights that used to be displayed around the promenade, someone had rather poetically described them as a ‘necklace of lights,’ and that is just what they were, colourful jewels that once adorned…

Sidney Groves Memorial Hall; 1900-1987.

One of the beautiful old buildings that Weymouth lost during a period of modernisation was what was locally known as the Sidney Hall, this intricately styled  building sat in pride of place along the harbourside where Asda car park now stands. There is a tragic family history that laid behind the building of this hall. The…