All posts by Dick Stainer

  • Archive Exhibition – 27th to 30th July 2017
    July 10, 2017

    Fontmell Magna Village Archive Society will be holding its 11th Exhibition from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Village Hall. Entry, including light refreshments, […]

  • Hartgrove
    February 29, 2016

    Hartgrove Although considered to be part of the parish of Fontmell Magna for civil purposes; during the 19th Century Hartgrove was originally a division of East Orchard, which itself was a […]

  • 47 Church St serving as an election office
    Fontmell Magna and General Elections
    October 25, 2015

    Before 1832, only male landowners could vote. The Reform Act 1832 extended voting rights to adult males who rented property of a certain value but, even so, only about 440,000 […]

  • A Local Hero
    March 13, 2015

    Samuel Lemon DCM (1875-1953) Samuel was the 2nd son of George Thomas and Eliza Lemon of East Orchard. George Thomas was born in West Orchard and was baptised there on […]

  • Middle Mill – a short history
    September 7, 2014

    Middle Mill was a grain mill powered by a millpond downstream from Springhead (Higher Mill). Middle Mill was operated at various points in the 19th century by the Bishop, Hussey, […]

  • St Andrew’s Parish Church Clock
    February 23, 2014

    Some information about the 18th century Clock….. …..and Carillon The Clock The church clock was made in 1732 by William Monk (1689-1753) of Berwick St John in Wiltshire, a prolific […]

  • More of Fontmell in the news
    February 2, 2014

    Life, death, Crime & punishment in the 19th & 20th Centuries   SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO A BOY (16th, September, 1866) On Saturday, the 3rd inst., an accident of a serious nature […]

  • The Dorset Clubmen
    October 3, 2013

    The Dorset Clubmen (This article formed part of the Archive Society Exhibition August 2013) Clubmen’s Down Between Compton Down and Fontmell Down, on the very edge of the north east […]

  • Archive Society Exhibition 2013
    July 28, 2013

    FONTMELL MAGNA VILLAGE ARCHIVE  SOCIETY will be holding an EXHIBITION showing NEW ACQUISITIONS – MEMBERS RESEARCH – UNSEEN ARCHIVES from the 8th to the 11th of August 2013 between 10:00am […]