Three Dorset Towns: Lyme Regis, Bridport and Dorchester


Local & Family History

Day course

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

19 June 2023

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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A look at three Dorset towns from 1760 – 1930, how they developed in their different ways. Lyme became a seaside resort with fossil hunting becoming a popular hobby. Bridport, always a dissenting town, sees the growth of rope and net factories while Dorchester expands as the county town with the coming of the railways and the brewery.

Ideal for anyone with a general interest in history.

Tutor information

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is a professional family and local historian and tutor in Adult Education.  She runs a variety of family history courses in Somerset and Dorset and talks to organisations all over the country. Migration research has become a central part of Jane’s work, with her organising, attending and speaking at migration conferences all over the UK. Her MA dissertation was about migration from West Dorset to North America in the 1800s. Jane is a regular speaker at the Society of Genealogists in London.

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