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,…

Weymouths beginnings as a sea bathing resort 1750

When ever Weymouth is talked about concerning it’s seaside status,  generally it is said that George III made it what it is today, that’s partly true, but there is a little more to it than that. Weymouth was becoming popular long before the end of the 18th c. A certain Bath gentleman, Ralph Allen had…

Weymouth’s history as a harbour on the frontline. 1795

Being in the process of writing a book about the history of the Nothe area in Weymouth, I’ve uncovered many interesting facts about the past history of the town while trawling through the old newspapers and documents. Some of which I’ll narrate here, little snippits of what life was like for our ancestors, living on…

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…

Opening of New Weymouth & Melcombe Regis Town Bridge 1824.

Anyone interested in the long history of our town will know of it’s somewhat turbulent beginnings. The harbour was the dividing line…at times literally the front line of the ‘war zone.’ Modern day Weymouth started life as two completely separate  towns very much at odds with each other. Old Weymouth  straggled along the harbourside of the…

Introduction to my blogging world.

Well, here I am at last…I’m a silver surfer blogger! Why? A multitude of reasons really. I was born and have lived In Weymouth, Dorset for most of my life, and have always been fascinated by the history of the town. A few years ago my hubby brought me a super camera, which made me…