Blandford Forum, fire town

As an accidental fire gutted Blandford’s historic Old Brewery in March this year, the townsfolk might well have contemplated the catastrophe that befell their forebears some 287 years ago. For if ever a town was shaped by fire it is Blandford Forum where, on 4 June 1731, almost 90 per cent of its buildings were Read More…

S Cowell – Music Hall’s first star

He was the highest-paid singing star of his day with songs known the world over; he performed for Queen Victoria and is credited with creating a new era in popular entertainment, yet when Sam Cowell died in Blandford Forum at the age of 45, he was broken and penniless. The first star of Music Hall, Read More…

Remembering Katharine Church

Determined, dedicated, at times waspish, at others disarmingly generous, artist Katharine Church – Kitty to her close friends and family – was all these things and many more besides, not the least of which was being possessed of a supreme talent. A frequently, if not quite entirely, unsung heroine of late 20th-century British painting, she Read More…