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Archive for December, 2008

Mongolian Dorset

The erection of a traditional Mongolian yurt has been practiced by Mongolians for thousands of years and whilst Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century never made it to Dorset the Yurt has arrived in the form of the Yurt Village Holiday village at Herston near Swanage.

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Picture by Anne

Picture by Anne

Amid the leafy avenues of Bournemouth’s East Cliff sits this astonishing block of flats, its swoops and curves organised around that triumphant central staircase tower – a very common pattern in Deco buildings of this type. In fact the central-tower pattern can be found in a number of blocks and hotels in surrounding streets, including Burley Grange in Weston Drive; Weston Grange in Gervis Road; the Majestic Hotel, further along Derby Road; and Berkeley Mansions in Christchurch Road, along with others forming a really amazing collection of ’30s buildings crammed into this pretty small area.

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Picture by Fiona Cownie

Picture by Fiona Cownie

A frosty day at the Stanpit Marsh and Nature Reserve which covers nearly a 130 acres of low lying land just beyond the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour at the Western end of Christchurch Harbour.

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The Bells of Corfe Mullen

Picture by Graham Naylor

Picture by Graham Naylor


There have been bells at St Hubert’s Church, Corfe Mullen since the early 15th century, when the tower was built, the current six bells were rehung and rededicated on December 9th 1979.

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The Bells of Kingston

Picture by Herry Lawford

Picture by Herry Lawford


The church bells at Kingston was a set of eight by John Taylor Bellfounders of Loughborough. In 2000 this was augmented to ten by the addition of two new trebles also cast by John Taylor.

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Boxing Day Swim 2007

Traditionally groups of swimmers, young and old, gather in West Bay, for a Boxing Day dip in the sea. It is not that warm in July, so in December you can imagine just how brave these people are.  (Jack Barnett).

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Castle Gardens Christmas 2008

Castle Gardens Garden Centre at Sherborne, a member of The Gardens Group wins the coveted Garden Centre Association (GCA) Christmas Display award for 2008.

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Forde Abbey

Picture by Keith Patterson

Picture by Keith Patterson

The former Cistercian monastery of Forde Abbey on the River Axe near Thorncombe is now run as a visitor attraction. In 1815 it was rented to the radical philosopher, Jeremy Bentham.

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Smiths Arms

Picture by Didier Cornice

Picture by Didier Cornice

After the restoration, King Charles II, paid many visits to his friends in Dorset and tradition has it that during one of these visits the King stopped at a blacksmith’s forge in the small village of Godmanstone and requested of the smithy a glass of porter. Quoth the blacksmith, ‘I cannot oblige you Sire, as I have no license.’ Then said the King, ‘From now on you have a license to sell beer and porter.’ So was born the Old Smith’s Arms in the forge at Godmanstone. Built of mud and flint, at 20ft by 10ft it was for many years claimed to be the smallest public house in England.

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Christmas Lights

Picture by slideshow bob

Picture by slideshow bob

When it comes to Christmas lights some people go a little overboard as this photo taken two years ago on the Dawkins Road Estate at Hamworthy shows.

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