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Before and after satellite Pictures
Amazingly these two legends of writers not only lived a few miles apart , but were also Great friends, so visiting Thomas Hardy’s Cottage just outside of Dorchester is an absolute must if you are in the Area, just imagine Lawrence of Arabia walking down the path to visit his great friend , maybe even going for a pint or two in the local Pub, what conversations they must have had, the only thing to say is mouth watering.
I wonder if they inspired each other, something we will never know , but just thinking about it is awesome, it was at the cottage that Hardy wrote Under The Greenwood in 1872 and far from The Madding Crowd in 1874, Thomas Hardy was a distant relative of Thomas Masterman Hardy who’s monument is not to far from the cottage, and who was Captain of the Victory at Trafalger.
Wow what a treat not far from the county town of Dorchester , and what an area to explore , my personal quest was to Visit the Home of Lawrence of Arabia, unfortunately every time i was in the Area it was either closed or it was out of season so always check before you set out,
How ever after many attempts i did make it ,and what a treat it was , ever since seeing Peter O’Toole playing Lawrence i have been captivated , it is run by the nation trust , and is in my opinion awe inspiring its like waiting for him to walk though the door , but i will not spoil it for you.
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This may surprise but a number of people visit this area every year for the purpose of tracing their ancestors, and a lot of the cleaver ones have found out that a lot of information can be obtained from the local volunteers that man the Bridport Museum and help them with their search for information on their genealogy.
Bridport Museum itself is a great place to visit outlining the Towns History, and much more, The fine facade of the building which dates from the 16th century, is all that remains of the original building that now houses the Museum in South Street.
In 1931 Captain Alfred Codd purchased the building, called The Old Castle, and donated it to the Town to be used as a museum and ast gallery.
Originally it was bought for £1,800 to be home to his own large collection of art , he gave it to the council on the condition that the council would pay for the alterations to convert it into a museum and art gallery.
The Museum is closed in the winter until the spring although the Local History centre whose address can be found on the Museum’s website is open all year round , but please check on the opening hours before visiting.
Also although it might not be physically open it is available via both facebook and twitter any time, to access go to the website and click on the icon.
Some great items
If you are staying in Bridport Dorset at anytime a good visit would be to Symondsbury Potteries at the Tythe Barn Yard Symondsbury You can find some fabulous of handcrafted items and other works of Art here, they even give Classes on becoming a Potter, for more details you can read more here www.dorsetpotterygroup.co.uk/dorpot/dpgfolk/mb.htm
For a small market Town Bridport is lucky enough to have an abundance of bakeries , there are two which i would class more in the modern traditional class which are George’s in East St and Punch & Judy’s in West St, then we Have Leakers , which is also a favorite of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage Fame.
Arguably one of England’s oldest bakeries, Leakers was named Best Artisan Bakery in the annual Taste of Dorset Awards.
They aim to offer something different every day – and there’s always something to sample when you come to visit them!
And i can assure you they do offer something different , with all sorts of exotic flavours in the breads to tantalise the taste buds.
They Can be found in East st Bridport
Entrance To Mill
Have you ever come across a little gem , when just wondering around , well wonder around Lyme Regis which is about a 15 minute drive from the White House b&b and you might just be lucky enough to stumble upon The Mill Dinning Rooms , absolutely highly recommend and if in the area do not miss it you can find them at www.teaanddiningroom.com , they discribe themselfs like this
Old School Glamour, Splendid Food & Plenty Of English Character
And they are in this years The Good Food Guide.
You know the most annoying thing is we see a bargain like a computer Printer and think that’s Half price great and buy it , not giving a thought to how much the Ink refills cost, which is usually as much as the printer costs its self, so i have been buying my printer ink from www.exhange4cash.co.uk for a fraction of the price of the branded stuff, and you can buy it online postage free.
What we should be doing is checking out the price of the ink to the price of the printer , and save ourselves a fortune.
The Crown Uploaders
Sunday is a day of rest
Well that’s what they say anyway , but not for us, after breakfast its lots of chore’s to get the B&B up together again for the New arrivals, but it doesn’t take long.
Yesterday i bought a 1920′s birdcage at Bridports street antique market , which i have hung in the breakfast room at the White House , looks good even if i do say so myself, all i have to do is get a stuffed parrot now .
We are so lucky here in Bridport , there is an abundance of great places to have Sunday Lunch which we recommend, in the town you have “The Market House” pub which does a wonderful carvery , and if you are looking for a cheaper option there is “The King Charles Tavern” which serves a massive meal with 8 veg and loads of meat for £5.50, one of my favorites is a few miles along the coast road at “The Crown” in the village of Puncknowle, which is out standing , and also not to forget “The Crown” at Up Loaders.
Of course Westbay itself has a number of Pub restaurants serving great food,”The Westbay” , “The George” , and “The Bridport Arms” ,” Seagulls ” all recommended,
And don’t forget probably one of the countries best fish restaurants “The Riverside”, and just a little further out At Burton Bradstock “The Anchor” is another outstanding Fish Restaurant.