Bridport, Allington 1902

Bridport, Allington 1902

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DORSET'S RURAL HEARTLAND is best explored on foot, for walking the lanes and paths which thread from village to village is the only way to seek out the scenes captured at a vital time in their history by the Frith photographer. Other forms of transport are too swift: the greater delights of Dorset's scenery are missed by using them. Each mile of the way, you will know that you are treading in the footsteps of Iron Age man, Roman legions, quarrymen, farmers and poets. It says a lot for this landscape that artists of all kinds have responded to it and interpreted it in diverse ways. This rural hinterland is both beautiful and mysterious, filled with history and crammed with legend. Until the 19th century it would seldom have been visited by the outsider; its deep wooded valleys, chalk downlands and secluded heaths form a physical and mental barrier to the intruder. The locals themselves would hardly have strayed much beyond their villages, except to visit nearby market towns, or to drive livestock from parish to parish along the ancient droving routes which can still be followed today. Only the adventurous minority—tinkers, smugglers, rebels and the gentry—would have gone further.

Memories of Bridport

Happy Island

I remember playing at Happy Island with my brothers and sister, and friends, having a picnic, and watching the trains pulling out of the station. Happy days. Now I have eight grandchildren and I want them to see life as I grew up in Bridport.

A memory of Bridport by Sarah Taylor

Visitation Convent 1967 To 1969 William Lubega

I joined the convent in 1967 and was the only black later joined by Leslie Philips from the Carribean. I am from Uganda and my dad was studying architecture at the AA. First day at school was horrific. I was punched and called names like any newcomer. By the second term I settled in my best ...Read full memory

A memory of Bridport by wkayondo

The Convent Of The Visitation

I was a boarder there for about a year aged about nine or ten in about 1957. It was the unhappiest period of my life before or since. I don’t recall a moment of kindness, sympathy, or humanity from any of the nuns. As a lonely rejected child I received nothing from them but harshness, punishments, and cruelty. ...Read full memory

A memory of Bridport

Photos Of Visitation Convent, Bridport, Dorset

Several of my younger brothers attended VC Bridport in the mid-1950s to early 1960s, all with mixed memories, before moving on to join me at the Salesian College in Chertsey when reaching 11. Strangely we have no photos of the Convent in our collective and rather extensive collection of school ...Read full memory

A memory of Bridport by Patrick Pontet
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