Dorchester, Thomas Hardy's School c.1965

Memories of Dorchester

'When We Were Young'

‘I remember when’ - yes, I remember market day in Dorchester very well – when your picture was taken I was 10 years old, and could well have been one of the children in your picture. On Wednesdays, during school holidays ...Read full memory

A memory of Dorchester

Parallel Parking In South Street In The 1960s

I had recently passed my driving test and drove a Morris Minor Saloon, to practice my parallel parking I used to drive down South Street after work or on a Sunday and park outside of Woolworths ...Read full memory

A memory of Dorchester

My Gt Grandparents Lived At Hangmans Cottage

My great-grandparents lived at Hangmans Cottage sometime during the late 1800s or early 1900s. My dad Robert Mitchell was born at Friary Cottage in 1904 which is a short walk from Hangmans ...Read full memory

Thomas Hardy

I don't have a specific memory of anything except that my ancestor is Thomas Hardy, author and poet. I am in awe of his writing abilities and his life. I hope to find many things here about him. My search will continue and hopefully I will get a dream visit to England and see his cottage.

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History

This is a modern replacement for the earlier building in South Street. The school was founded in 1579 by an earlier Thomas Hardye. The Grammar School was moved to this site in the late 1920s: Thomas Hardy laid the foundation stone in October 1927, and it was opened in May 1928 by the then Prince of Wales. The school is now a comprehensive.

This is an excerpt from Dorchester Photographic Memories, by Christine McGee

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