1896; Tragedy at Upwey mill, Weymouth.

One of the prettiest little villages on the outskirts of Weymouth is Upwey. As you drive into the meandering village, the houses and buildings snuggle themselves down into a ¬†wooded valley, and in the midst of this stands the tall building of the Upwey mill. It’s fed by the river Wey which springs out of…

1864; Sutton Poyntz and wedding celebrations.

The surrounding areas to Weymouth were and still are prime farm land, and as such they had been worked throughout the centuries. In the Victorian era, and of course before even then, rural life was very much divided into 2 groups. You had those who had the lot… land, money and prestige…and then those who…

1883; Weymouth and the Great Western railway. A signal-mans tale.

The railway finally rolled into the seaside resort of Weymouth in the year 1857. Anyone who’s travelled the Weymouth line knows of the long Bincombe cutting and tunnel that burrows under the Bincombe chalk downs. As a child it was always with a sense of excitement that we would approach this tunnel…as the line began…

Weymouth 1873; Rub a dub dub, 3 men (not) in a tub….

Well, o.k. maybe the title is a bit lighthearted for such a tragedy, but when I read that it allegedly concerned 3 butchers assistants that the misfortune had befallen, a visual image immediately flashed in my mind of the popular nursery rhyme. Just put that down to my extremely warped sense of humour which seems…

Victorian books, their articles and artwork….what to do?

I seem to have somehow accumilated rather a humongous stack of Victorian, mainly religious, weighty tomes, purchased primarily for the artwork they contain. However, reading through them revealed a vast amount of¬†interesting articles on people, places and social history, which I’m still pondering what to do with. These are articles that I feel sure someone,…

Great Western Trippers flock to Victorian Weymouth 1870

Weymouth was once one the popular detinations for the Victorian Day trippers. They arrived by railway in their thousands. swindon Large factories and workshops would close for a week and the workers and their families would decamp en masse to the seaside to enjoy the healthy benefits of the sea and fresh air. One example…

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…