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February 17, 2018

Enclosure is the process of consolidating land holdings by means of enclosing common lands, open fields and manorial wastes with boundaries (usually hedges or fences) to be farmed by an individual rather than by common right...

December 3, 2017

The festive season would have been a busy time for the servants who staffed Dorset's grand country houses, and yet it was often one of the few occasions on which their hard work and loyal service throughout the year was acknowledged and rewarded.

June 5, 2017

The first port of call for most people beginning their family history research is to look out the documents and photographs they already have, as these usually provide vital information to enable you to get started. As a professional genealogist I always ask clients to...

May 29, 2017

Prior to 1834, most towns and villages had erected a poorhouse, or ‘house of work’, which was intended to provide relief for the most destitute and needy inhabitants of the parish. Until this time relief had been administered largely on an ad-hoc basis and was meted ou...

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