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ISBN: 9781871164961
AUTHOR: Terry Hearing
Dorset History in 101 Objects
Dorset History in 101 Objects
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This Book is an account of selected objects which illustrate the threads of the History of Dorset. Dorset is full of “objects”, and each one is a piece of History. The definition of the word ‘object’ has been taken very widely, from the tiny Mesolithic microliths to the strip fields of Portland.

Some of the objects are bizarre, such as the cannonball in the wall of a ladies’ lavatory in Weymouth; some are very beautiful, like the Tabernacle in Milton Abbey; some are huge, such as the prehistoric hillforts; some are mundane utilities, like roadside signposts; some are merely names like the list of the parish priests who died serving their flocks when the Black Death swept in. All have their stories, and this book looks at just one hundred and one, out of countless millions.

Each short chapter gives the flavour of the object to show its importance in the continuing story of a county rich in the remains of the lives of our predecessors. All the objects can be seen in the museums, the towns and the countryside of Dorset.

Anyone reading this book can visit them all and witness at first hand these tangible testaments to the sweep of the millennia across the county.

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.

Terry Hearing was born and brought up in London. After service with the Royal Marines, an Honours degree in History at Queen Mary College, University of London, and a short acquaintance with commerce, he taught History at a London Grammar School. In 1966 he came to Dorset, becoming Principal Lecturer in History at the then Dorset Institute of Higher Education. Early retirement enabled him to concentrate on his two major interests: the Magistracy and Local History. These interests were combined in his book Dorset Justice (Magistrates’ Association, 1999). Other works include: Dorset Quarter Sessions 1625-1638 (Dorset Record Society, 2006); The Dorset Horn (Dorset Horn Sheepbreeders’ Association 1990); Dorchester Divided (Dorchester Community Plays Association, 2002); and History on your Doorstep (Dorchester Rotary Club 2008).

Imprint: Dorset Books. ISBN 978 1 871164 96 1, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published November 2012.

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