Death Becomes Us…Weymouth Wills and Legacies.

It’s often strange where a line of research takes you. What starts out as a simple enquiry ends up uncovering parts of Weymouth’s history that I never knew about, their family lines and tales twisting and weaving through time and place and the story of Weymouth itself. I was rummaging through the National Probate Calendar…

Weymouth Maritime Mishaps and Mayhem of 1857

Being on the coast and  both valuable ports for trade, Weymouth and Portland have had their fair share of shipping disasters. Take the year 1857 and a peek into local papers reveals a concoction of calamities for those working the local waters. Even nowadays crowds love to stop and watch Weymouth’s town bascule bridge be raised to let…

Victorian Castletown, Portland…Matelots, Mariners and Mishaps.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit, as much as I love the Isle of Portland, in all honesty I don’t know a great deal about it’s history, for that I defer to local historian and accomplished author, Stuart Morris. (image © West Dorset District Council Channel Coast Observatory) What I do enjoy is reading…

The Great Escape from Portland Prison 1868;

William though had an even stranger tale to tell, proceeding to enlighten the eager scribe of his past history, a ‘romantic’ tale about his daring escape from the dreaded Portland prison, boasting he had been the only man to escape. its grey forbidding walls.

Executions of Crabchurch Conspirators Upon The Nothe Headland.

Follow this link to Mark Vine’s excellent blog that covers Weymouth’s vital involvement in the English Civil War. The Executions of the Crabchurch Conspirators Upon The Nothe Headland.. I can highly recommend this book if you have a love of Weymouth’s history.

Lennox Street; 1915

Lennox Street; 1915 Taken from the Weymouth website that covers the Park district.

Old Weymouth’s High Street; Everyday Life in the 1850’s.

We stop first at no 10 High Street, here lives 45-year-old Charles Buck, a coal merchant.

Love and matrimony came late to Charles, at the ripe old age of 40 he finds himself waiting nervously at the alter of Holy Trinity church for his bride to be.

1857; Victorian Day-trippers excitement… journey to Weymouth

Today, we all seem to take many things, including technology, for granted, as ever more sophisticated gadgets and inventions are unrolled into our society. We seem to have lost the beautiful wonder and awe of the Victorian era, when every new invention or places of travel created great excitement amongst the people, such sights were…

Weymouth’s Harbour Area; Brewers Quay

If there’s one place that I love to mooch around  in Weymouth, it is an area named Brewer’s Quay for rather obvious reasons, if properly named, it’s Hope Square. This area has a lot of history, not least that it was where the breweries in the past chucked out that distinctive cooked hops aroma from…