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ISBN: 9781871164626
AUTHOR: Terry Hearing
Crime & Punishment in Dorset
Crime & Punishment in Dorset
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Dorset is usually regarded as a peaceful county, undisturbed by the problems of the inner cities. However, like all communities, it does have a criminal past, and this book explores some of the by-ways of that unexpected history.

The story begins with skulduggery in the Royal Family in the tenth century AD, delves into the earliest court records of the seventeenth century, and progresses through much human folly to treason and murder in the twentieth century.

The violence of earlier times is reflected in the punishments meted out to wrong-doers. Curiously domestic violence was often not regarded as criminal unless it turned into murder: on the other hand theft of even minor property was subject to savage penalties.

However, the gradual development of a more civilised society is illustrated in Dorchester Prison. For several centuries it was merely a pen for holding prisoners before trial and probable execution, but for the last two hundred years it developed into a place where substantial attempts were made for reform and rehabilitation.

There will never be agreement as to why the overall crime rate is going down in the twenty-first century: logic gives way to emotion, and statistics are mistrusted. Dorchester Prison has closed after 700 years, but the battle to maintain the Queen’s Peace goes on.

Terry Hearing ranges over a millennium of Dorset’s history to recount the evil, the bad, the misguided or the simply unlucky, and how they were dealt with – sometimes brutally, sometimes with surprising care – to reveal unexpected aspects of the county’s less reputable past.

Terry Hearing was Principal Lecturer in History at the former Dorset Institute of Higher Education. He was a Justice of the Peace on West Dorset Bench for twenty-two years; Chairman of Dorset Probation Committee 1985-95; Board Member of the Central Council of Probation 1991- 97; Member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Dorset 1990-96; Member of the Board of Visitors at HM Prison The Verne 1980-85; Prison Visitor HM Prison Dorchester 1967-78. He published Dorset Justice, (Dorset Magistrates’ Association) a history of the County Magistracy, in 1999. His transcription and calendar of the Dorset Quarter Sessions Order Book 1625- 1638 was published by the Dorset Record Society in 2006. His most recent publication, for Dorset Books, was Dorset History in 101 Objects in 2012.

Imprint: Dorset Books. ISBN 978 1 871164 62 6, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published May 2015.

Dorset History in 101 ObjectsDorset History in 101 Objects - £19.99
In this profusely illustrated large-format volume, Terry Hearing opens the lid of the immense treasure chest that is Dorset, revealing some of its brightest – and occasionally most unexpected – jewels that are almost bewildering in their variety.
Weymouth & Portland Then Meets NowWeymouth & Portland Then Meets Now - £19.99
Dorset historian Maureen Attwooll looks at the borough’s history through maps which date from the Tudor period up to the twentieth century. Together they show just what has altered and what – remarkably – has stayed the same. Presentation and layout is refreshingly different and the past is revisited with renewed vigour.
Thomas Hardy's DorsetThomas Hardy's Dorset - £14.99
Well illustrated, this book is complete with a gazetteer of Hardy's fictional sites and their real equivalents, making it an ideal guide to the Dorset landscape of Thomas Hardy's life and literature. By Rodney Legg, the doyen of contemporary Dorset authors
Dorset in FilmDorset in Film - £19.99
Elements of Dorset's local history are put into the context of their cinematic heritage by Anwar Brett, together with in-depth descriptions detailing the creation of such locally shot, internationally acclaimed classics as Tom Jones, Far From The Madding Crowd, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Comrades.
Dorset & The SeaDorset & The Sea - £19.99
Dorset and the Sea by Gordon Le Pard tells the remarkable story of possibly Dorset’s greatest natural resource and the relationship that Man has had with it over the millennia and suggest where you can see, perhaps surprising, traces of the coast’s remarkable past.
Bournemouth in the Good Old DaysBournemouth in the Good Old Days - £19.99
Born in Bournemouth, as was his father a century ago, Dorset historian Rodney Legg is ideally placed to return to his roots to present memories of the town. Focussing on the Bournemouth’s Edwardian heyday that faded away with the Great War, they carry on through the devastation of Second World War bombing to the era of postwar austerity and change.
Discovering Lost DorsetDiscovering Lost Dorset - £19.99
Long before he started the predecessor of Dorset Life magazine, in 1968, author and editor Rodney Legg was hoarding the photographs of family and friends as well as taking his own pictures. This selection of 400 key shots concentrates without apology on the nostalgic. Mostly they are previously unpublished. Faces abound and many people will see themselves or their forbears.
Dorset at WarDorset at War - £19.99
This is the story of Dorset inWorld WarTwo – from 1939 to 1945. It is no exaggeration to say that there is no other single county in the British Isles that contributed to victory in so many decisive ways and on such a variety of levels and fronts.
Bournemouth in the Good Old Days (pdf e-book)Bournemouth in the Good Old Days (pdf e-book) - £24.99
Renowned Dorset historian Rodney Legg returns to his roots in a celebration of a much-loved seaside town that is so more than just a genteel resort: it is a strong community forged by a century of tumultuous change.
Dorset AmericaDorset America - £19.99
The nineteenth century was the British century. The twentieth century was the American century. From clashes through to collusion the two nations remains linked by common roots and what has become the world language. All British counties, each state of the Union, and every Canadian province share intimate links. As Rodney Legg reveals for reasons geographical, military and political, Dorset can claim as many as any....
Dorset FamiliesDorset Families - £19.95
Dorset Families by Rodney Legg is the ultimate living history of names that have become synonymous with Dorset life and landscape.
Dorset FlightDorset Flight - £9.99
Rodney Legg is Dorset's foremost historian. This large format volume is packed with every conceivable comment, photograph and fact about the rich history of aviation in Dorset.
 
 
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