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ISBN: 9781871164763
AUTHOR: Gordon Le Pard
Dorset & The Sea
Dorset & The Sea
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Dorset is a maritime county with a long and varied coastline, and a long and complex history. Some aspects of this past are well known, others less so but all are equally fascinating, from the three thousand year old carving of a ship, which was found inWales, but which depicts a vessel from Dorset, to the vicious pirates which infested the Isle of Purbeck. From the unlikely heroes who swept these pirates from the sea, to the merchants who sailed to Africa and brought gold and ivory to the tiny port of Lyme Regis.

Even aspects of the coast that may seem dull, such as sea defences and land reclamation, can have an amazing history. From the first attempts to keep back the sea in the 770s, to the grandiose scheme nine hundred years later to drain the Fleet Lagoon, to the military men who turned their skills at fighting the French to fighting the sea, and who rebuilt the Cobb at Lyme Regis so that it has stood firm for two hundred years, the story is intriguing and exciting.

Finally this book can suggest where you can see, perhaps surprising, traces of the coast’s remarkable past. Evidence of the Black Death, which entered Britain at Weymouth in 1348, carvings of the ships which took the stone to pave London’s streets, or the many different lifeboat stations at Lyme Regis (and the curious fate of the earliest).

Dorset and the Sea tells the remarkable story of possibly Dorset’s greatest natural resource and the relationship that Man has had with it over the millennia.

Gordon Le Pard is a maritime archaeologist who has been exploring the Dorset Coast all his life, and knows it well in all its moods. He been researching and writing about the coast for many years on subjects as varied as storms and sea marks, shipwrecks and fossil beavers.

Imprint: Dorset Books. ISBN 978 1 871164 76 3, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published November 2010.

Dorset Coast from the AirDorset Coast from the Air - £14.99
The photographs in this book capture this perfectly: revealing the Dorset landscape as few of us have seen it before. Here top aerial photographer Jason Hawkes takes us on an aerial journey from the westernmost point where Dorset meets Devon, from Lyme Regis, pastWeymouth to the Isle of Purbeck, and across the broad sweep of Poole Bay to Bournemouth and Christchurch.
Dorset A Photographic Atlas CD ROMDorset A Photographic Atlas CD ROM - £19.95
The most complete arial map of Dorset ever produced now available to all. Over 2000 aerial photographs give full coverage of the county.
Dorset The Glorious CountyDorset The Glorious County - £14.99
Renowned photographer Roger Holman has been capturing images of his native Dorset for over fifty years. In this sumptuous new book he journeys throughout this renowned landscape, from its unique coast – much of which is now a World Heritage Site – to the heathlands so memorably evoked by Thomas Hardy, the great Vales of Blackmoor and Marshwood and the timeless pastoral valleys of the Stour and the Frome.
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.
Purbeck LandscapesPurbeck Landscapes - £14.99
This book, profusely illustrated in colour and with an expert text by leading Dorset geologist John Chaffey, shows that Purbeck, with its infinite variety, is in so many ways a microcosm of Britain and is one of our most cherishable assets.
A Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic CoastA Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic Coast - £4.99
Rodney Legg provides all the answers in ten walks, packed with colour photographs, along Dorset’s uniqueWorld-Heritage Jurassic Coast. In hardback, small enough to slip into the pocket, colourful enough to keep as a souvenir, the Boot Up Guide will be the indispensable bench-mark for the twenty-first century.
A Boot Up PurbeckA Boot Up Purbeck - £4.99
The ten circular walks by Rodney Legg, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area
Dorset RailwaysDorset Railways - £19.99
Colin Maggs, the renowned expert on railway history, tells the fascinating tale of the railways and the impact they had on the lives of everyone in the county. The nostalgic branch lines with their small local trains and the main lines with their thundering expresses, are all part of a rich heritage which is explored.
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