Research Notes

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001 – Dorchester Pubs – Thursday 28th May 2009

002 – The Second Tribe – Tuesday 25th August 2009

003 – History On The Doorstep – Wednesday 30th September 2009

004 – Who Spoke Welsh? – Friday 14th December 2012

005 – Brigadier Charles Woodhouse – Friday 14th December 2012

006 – Dorchester Blue Plaques – Thursday 28th February 2013

007 – Dorchester’s Friary and its MP owners – 28th March 2021

008 – Dorchester Radio Station booklet – 19th May 2022

009 – Celebrating the Dorchester Company – 29th February 2024

This new section is for those who have forebears from Dorchester and its environs and who wish to share some element of their family history.

We start with the Pitfield family, who have links with Fordington. Michael Pitfield writes “I can tell you that many poorer members of the family in the 19th century lived in Mill Street and were mainly agricultural labourers while the wives and daughters were laundresses. There were also a number of illegitimate children and child deaths. Mary Pitfield referred to in para two of the below, who was transported, lived in Mill Street. George John Pitfield, publican of The Bull’s Head was my great-grandfather.”

Photographs copyright Michael Pitfield.

George Pitfield. Innkeeper of the Union Arms, Fordington, and his son, George John Pitfield with his wife Alice Mary,  Innkeepers of The Bulls Head, Fordington.

For those with an interest in the Pitfield family, an extensive genealogy put together by Hugh Pitfield, is available here for download.

See also Michael Pifield’s blog about Mary Pitfield. “Crime – or was it poverty? – and Punishment”.

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