Weymouth 1866. A Cruel Life for Victorian Beach Donkeys

Donkeys on Weymouth beach can boast a long history, they are an iconic image of traditional seaside holidays dating right back to the mid 19th century when sea bathing and beach holidays became a booming trade. (image © Channel Coast Observatory) Small children (and many adults) adore them, love to stroke them, and if  lucky,…

Sad Case of Poverty and Neglect at Weymouth; 1896

A court case appeared in the local papers in March of 1896 of a family who were living in Weymouth at the time. It reveals the true horrors of poverty and neglect that some families found themselves in during the Victorian period. Lucy Eudora Stickley  had been born in the little village of  Milborne st…