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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 coastís remarkable past. Evidence of the Black Death, which entered Britain at Weymouth in 1348, carvings of the ships which took the stone to pave Londonís 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 Dorsetís 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.

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 Dorsetís 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.
Web Price: £19.99
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