dorset county

Mary Anning: English Paleontologist 1799-1847.

Mary Anning was born to a poor family that was shunned due to religious discrimination. To make some extra money the family began collecting fossils by the sea and selling them. Mary took over the family business after her father died and made many important fossil finds in the county of Dorset, but as a woman was kept out of the Geographical Society of London and often did not receive credit for her finds.

My favorite part of researching for this illustration was finding that local parlance referred to vertebrae as “verteberries”


1913: Christina in red 


Mervyn O'Gorman was 42 when he took these pictures of his daughter, Christina O'Gorman at Lulworth Cove, in the English county of Dorset. He photographed Christina wearing a red swimming costume and red cloak, a colour particularly suited to the early color Autochrome process.

Autochrome was one of the first colour photo technologies, which used glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye.


Dorset is a county in South West England where over 700,000 people live, an lies off the English Channel coast. The county town is Dorchester, after which a famous London hotel-restaurant is named. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.

The county has a long history of human settlement stretching back to the ancient times. A Celtic tribe originally lived there, then during the early Middle Ages, the Saxons settled the area and made Dorset a shire in the 7th century.

The first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles occurred in Dorset during the 8th century and the black death entered England at Melcombe Regis in 1348. Dorset has seen much civil unrest during the 2nd English Civil War, while much later a group of farm labourers from Tolpuddle were instrumental in the formation of the worlds first trade union movement.

During the Second World War, Dorset was heavily involved in the preparations for the invasion of Normandy and the large harbours of Portland and Poole were two of the main embarkation points. The former was the sailing venue in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and both have clubs for sailing, rowing, and power-boating.

Dorset has a varied landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges and low-lying clay valleys. Over half the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three-quarters of its coastline is a World Heritage Site that features notable landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door.

There are no polluting and noisey motorways in Dorset, just a network of key roads cross the county. It has two railway lines that connect to London, an also seaports plus an international airport. The county has a variety of museums, theatres and festivals, and is host to one of Europe’s largest outdoor shows. It is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, who used the county as the principal setting of his famous novels.


Moonlight, South Devon

Albert Moulton Foweraker (July 7, 1873 - January, 1942, English)

Description from Wiki:  "Albert Moulton Foweraker (July 7, 1873 - January, 1942) was an English painter.

He was educated at Exeter Cathedral School, was an exhibitioner at Cavendish College, Cambridge in 1890, and went on to Christ’s College, from where he obtained his Degree in Applied Science in 1893.[1] He obtained First Class Honours, City & Guilds in 1896, and was a qualified Milling Engineer. He was also sometime Demonstrator In Science at Exeter Technical College. He was married in July 1897 to Annie Triphina Coles.

In 1898, he took up art professionally, and between that year and 1912, he exhibited his work regularly. He was made a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1902, and sent 52 paintings to exhibitions at their Galleries in Pall Mall during these years. He also exhibited at several important provincial galleries. He originated an exhibition of works by modern painters at Exeter, which developed into the Devon And Cornwall Fine Art Society.

He moved from Exeter to Lelant, Cornwall in 1902, and travelled frequently to Spain, especially the South during the early 1900s and in the 1920s. He also visited Southern France and North Africa, and produced many paintings from these travels. He was also a very prolific local artist, and painted a very large number of landscapes and local scenes from Devon, Cornwall and, of course, Dorset, to which County he moved in the mid-1920s, living at Northbrook Road, Swanage for many years.

He was fascinated by the effects of certain light on the landscape, particularly moonlight, as his paintings show. He is known for his use of the colour blue, and his moonlight paintings of people carrying lanterns and light shining from windows are much sought after.

He appeared to have been very interested in the RMS Titanic disaster of 1912, particularly in the Enquiries subsequently held, apparently suspecting suppression of certain information. In 1940 he made a Codicil to his Will, leaving various documents and papers relating to these matters, to the British Museum. The artist died in January 1942 at Swanage, at the age of 68, and is buried in Godlingston Cemetery, Ulwell, Swanage.“

Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was a British fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist who became known around the world for important findings she made in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset, a county in Southwest England on the coast of the English Channel, where she lived.[2] Her work contributed to fundamental changes that occurred during her lifetime in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

anonymous asked:

Helloo, sorry for the random ask.. Sis and I were wondering what locations would be best to visit in Great Britain? It's our first time visiting and we're trying to find people who live there to aid our search on where to stay (without drilling a hole on our pockets haha) so far we've saved up 2398.72 pounds. We're staying for about a week. Thanks in advanced!


Well it depends entirely on what you’d like to see while you’re here. Firstly I would recommend that you don’t stay in London for the duration of your trip. It’s expensive, most of the big things people want to see there can be done in a day or two and all too often people visit Britain and don’t stray out of our capital which is a wasted opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, I like London and always enjoy my visits there, but it’d be like only reading one page of The Book of Britain.

Next popular place is The Cotswolds/Gloucestershire and, without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Due to its high levels of tourism and transport links to London, it is expensive to stay here but with your budget so far I can’t see why you wouldn’t be able to afford nice accommodation, a rental car and meals out there.

There’s also down on the south west coastline Cornwall, Devon and Dorset and all three counties are full of charm, nice beaches, friendly people and old architecture. But, be warned, apart from small and somewhat infrequent connecting flights you will need to travel for hours to get there from the major airports. London airport; about 5 hours by car, Manchester; 9 or so if you’re driving down to Cornwall, Bristol is closer but still a good couple of hours drive away. The train links to the south west are also pretty dire if you don’t plan on hiring a car.

Interested in history and medieval architecture? Then Scotland or Wales is your best bet. Both countries are famous for their beautiful mountains and castles. Wales has the benefit of being closer to visit England, but Scotland’s hills and lochs take some beating, not to mention Edinburgh is a beautiful city. Then again, one of my favourite places in the world is Tenby on the west coast of Wales.

I’m also quite partial to Powys, Wales and Shropshire in England, which border each other. Shropshire isn’t expensive in terms of accommodation and there are a lot of interesting places to visit. It’s an hour’s drive away from Birmingham International airport which is handy and, due to its central location, makes visiting Wales, the north of England and south England more manageable than staying on one side of GB.

I hope this helps! And if you fancy staying somewhere a little different than your average B&B or travel lodge, I highly recommend looking up a website called Canopy & Stars who offer unique places to stay scattered all over Britain. Last year I booked a yurt in The Cotswolds and it was a wonderful trip.

Followers, feel free to chip in if I’ve missed somewhere worth noting.