The study where Thomas Hardy wrote Tess of the d'Urbervilles is to open to the public for the first time. Previously visitors to the novelist's former home at Max Gate in Dorchester could only see the hall, dining room, drawing room and garden. Opening times at the Victorian villa, designed by Hardy, will also extend to five days a week from 1 April.
READ MORE - Source: BBC News 28th February 2011
Above: On Saturday 7th February 2009 a spectacular re-enactment took place in commemoration of the Battle of Weymouth and the Crabchurch Conspiracy of 1645. This film shows the performance of the mock trial and execution of the traitors. Dorchester's Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm played the leading role of Colonel William Sydenham and delivered a stunning performance at the Nothe
Programme of Events
- Saturday 19th February
11am – Long re-enactment march from Church Ope Cove to Weymouth (Pike And Shot Events Ltd.)
8PM – The accoustic DOLMEN perform ‘The Crabchurch Conspiracy’ at The Boot Inn.
- Sunday 20th February, 2011
11am: Old Town Hall opens to public for refreshments and small Civil War exhibition.Other Civil War Weekend Events taking Place include:
12 noon: Re-enactment march arrives at hall (from Sandsfoot) and stays for half an hour. Soldier explains this section of Civil War story and lays wreath.
1.15pm (approx): Re-enactors march with the original Old Town Hall bell from Brewers Quay. The bell was removed from the hall many years ago. Recently it has resided at the Weymouth museum, they have kindly allowed the bell to return to its original home at the hall.
2pm (approx): Re-enactors arrive with bell at the Old Town Hall.
3pm: Hall closed
- Sunday 20th February
11am– Short re-enactment march from Sandsfoot castle to the Old Town Hall (Pike And Shot Events Ltd.)More information: www.weymoutholdtownhall.co.uk and www.thedolmen.com/crabchurch.html