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ISBN: 9781841146270
AUTHOR: Beaminster Museum
The Book of Beaminster (pdf e-book)
The Book of Beaminster (pdf e-book)
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This book attempts to give an historical outline of Beaminster and its neighbouring villages and to capture a bygone age through the medium of photographs. It draws on a fascinating range of oral histories and documents from Beaminster Museum and the Dorset History Centre.

Photographs we keep in albums are primarily of ourselves and our families, to remind us of happy occasions at home. Other pictures we find in bottom drawers and attics, however, in a sense belong to a wider community because of the special atmosphere they evoke, the lost environment they portray as well as the faces of individuals we all remember. These rare pictures are the ones which Beaminster Museum has so carefully collected and are feaured throughout this book.

Beaminster deserves this photographic tribute for many reasons. First, as a small market town on the road between two larger communities it has sometimes been neglected, seen as a dip in the hills rather than a centre in its own right. Secondly, it has a number of important heritage sites, including an outstanding medieval church, which have given it historical importance and now attract visitors from all over the country. Thirdly, it has a thriving population and some of its key institutions, such as schools, new businesses and the museum, have recently had a renaissance and have given the town a new vitality, not least for its excellent food shops.

In the neighbouring hills and valleys are the dozen or more villages and hamlets that depend on Beaminster for their livelihood, with outlying farms which both supply the villages and rely on them in turn. History has touched all these smaller communities in different ways. Melplash and Netherbury were both important to the flax industry in Bridport, Broadwindsor looks back to the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge, Mapperton and Hooke have historic manors while Halstock was known for its Roman villa.

Some of the photographs recall these earlier memories. But the strongest images are those faces and places that some of us can still just remember from our childhood: the farmworkers, the scouts, the proud bandsmen and the owners of veteran cars, the turn in the road or shopfront as it once was, the noble Beaminster tunnel, the cottage now demolished. Many people here portrayed remain among our friends even if they are no longer alive. And this of course is the point of the book. It is an archive of true value, that we can keep and enjoy and show our own children.

ISBN 978 1 84114 627 0, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published 2007. pdf e-book November 2011.

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