Did you know that Dorset is home to the first ever radio broadcast, grows the world’s hottest chilli, has the world’s smallest pub and Europe’s largest onshore oilfield, or that it’s home to the World Nettle-Eating Championships? Tales & Trivia Dorset is packed with tall tales and an abundance of trivia.
Covering an area of 1,024 square miles (2,653 sq km), Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester, and after the reorganisation of local government in 1974 the county’s border was extended eastward to include the Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch. The population is approximately 750 000, half of whom live in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.
For further factual information on the county’s geography or history, or to discover which well-known places you should visit and why, may I politely invite you to head for the enormous amount of excellent tourist guide books and local history volumes – expertly researched and complied by scholars and serious travel writers – which you will surely find in any good library or book shop.
No, it’s not our purpose here to share with you the recognised facts about Dorset. Instead, for these Tales and Trivia books we’ve delighted in rummaging about to seek out the more peculiar, funny, off-the-wall or lesser known tit-bits about the county’s people, places, objects, customs and history. We hope that these morsels will not only add to your enjoyment of Dorset but will also surprise, entertain or flabbergast you … or at least give you something to talk about when you next find yourself lost for words!
So from dinosaurs to silkworms, from chillies to giants, from UFOs to granny’s teeth, these pages will show you a Dorset crying out to be explored from a different angle. You don’t have to read the book sequentially from beginning to end – just dip in and out as the fancy takes you … and happy reading!
Released: September 2015
Size: 180 x110mm
Author: Linda Fernley