1861; Tightrope walker at Belfield Park, Weymouth.

In the Victorian era, there was actually a little known park in Weymouth. It was part of the grand Belfield estate, a 13 acre site, mainly parkland that surrounded a magnificent house that was built approx 1780’s for the Buxton family. In the 1860’s part of this estate was opened for public use, complete with…

1866; Portland quarry men and boys…theyz toils ‘n toils.

Portland is world famous for it’s quarries. This Isle is littered with immense craters in the ground, and large roughly hewn blocks of stone tumble in seemingly haphazard piles across the almost lunar landscape. There’s absolutely no doubt that those men and boys who slogged away day in day out in the quarries at Portland earnt…