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. What I do enjoy is reading through the old newspapers and uncovering  stories of the everyday…

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.

I just relish rummaging through ancient newspapers, digging into dusty old books and researching random records, catching snapshots of the lives of Weymouth’s past residents. One district of Weymouth that is undergoing major redevelopment at the moment is along the quayside of the inner harbour. In the past, this North Quay and back harbour  was the place…

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 area that I love to mooch around  in Weymouth, it is the area around a spot 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…

Weymouth’s Victorian bandstands.

As children we used to spend hours on what was the old pleasure pier…when it was a proper pier, and not just a sorry excuse for what is left of todays pier. Near the end was a place where you could swim from. There were changing rooms, steps down to the water, a slide, diving…