John Hutchins life’s work was to survey, by parish, the history, people, topography and customs of the county, literally defining Dorset.
Published in 1773 after thirty years in the making, his amazing work involved the nobility and gentry loaning archives and commissioning engravings of their houses for inclusion. He provides a fascinating lens through which to read Dorset, revealing the century’s preoccupation with land ownership. An understandable focus, as only those who owned or rented land at a given value were entitled to vote.
Electronically scanned on DVD, and fully searchable by place name and including 200 Pedigrees, suitable for PC and Mac computers.
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