The Dorsetarian

Dorset Ghost Walks

If you are looking for something different this year, then ghost tours can provide some great entertainment, especially if they're ghost tours after dark.
Alistair Chisholm's Dorchester Ghost Walks
Weymouth Ghost Walks
Haunted Harbour Tours
Granny Cousin's Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town
The Bridport Ghost Walk

Local History

We have gathered some website links for further investigation. These links go to Dark Dorset recommended sites for further investigation.

The Dorset County Council - Dorset For You

Useful links to tourism, libraries and Dorset County Record Office.

Debby Rose's Weymouth Local and Family History Website

The Dorset coastal town of Weymouth is the main focus of Debby Rose's interesting web site, covering history, various points of interest, etc. about the town and its surrounding area in considerable depth.

The Crabchurch Conspiracy

In the 1640's there was fierce rivalry once again during the English Civil War. Weymouth suffered badly and several hundred Dorset men were slain in one night of intense fighting in 1645. The Crabchurch Conspiracy, written by local author, Mark Vine.

Weymouth Civic Trust

The society was formed in 1944, to unite those citizens who are anxious to promote the best interests of the Town and the Borough, co-operating with the Borough Council and other bodies with like aims, both local and national, to preserve the Borough’s good qualities and help to guide its development in the manner most beneficial to its inhabitants.

Friends of Weymouth Library

Offer you the chance to be active in supporting the Weymouth library and, in doing so, help protect the service and have your say in its future.

The Society of Dorset Men

The Society which was estabilished in 1904 publishes a very interesting annual Year Book, which contains occasional articles on Dorset Folklore and Antiquities.

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset

Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset has been published in unbroken sequence since 1888. During that time it has recorded evidence on the history, archaeology, architecture, antiquities, genealogy, heraldry, literature, dialect, customs and folklore of the two counties.  This provides material of permanent value to all those interested in the the west of England, and in these topics generally. The journal is especially useful to the growing number of people actively interested in local and family history.

The Dorset Page

Links and useful information for all things related to this county.

Portland Bill

A website dedicated to the Isle of Portland, it's history, Landscape and it's people

The Dorset Flag - St. Wite's Cross

An independent campaign led by Dave White, Chris Brown and Jacquie Hall began to promote a flag conceived by Dorset expatriate Stephen Coombs, known as the 'Dorset Cross' or 'St Wite's Cross'. Public interest grew and in April 2008 John Peake, the chairman of Dorset County Council, asked the Dorset public to submit other ideas for a Dorset flag through the local press.[4] Designs were submitted until the end of June. Voting took place from 12 August to 12 September and the Dorset Cross was announced as the winner on 16 September 2008 after receiving 54 per cent of the vote.

The Dorset flag is made of three colours - red (pantone 186), white and gold (pantone 116). These colours are found in the arms of Dorset County Council. Gold represents Wessex, the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom and Dorset's agriculture and sandy beaches. It also represents Golden Cap, the highest point on the Jurassic Coast and Gold Hill, the nationally famous street in Shaftesbury. The Dorset militia and regiment had strong connections with gold and red. The flag also pays homage to St. Wite, a female Dorset saint who is buried at Whitchurch Canonicorum. An Anglo-Saxon holy woman, she was thought to have been martyred by invading Danes in the 9th century.