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That the 21st March 1832 was a Wednesday is easy to determine and might lead you to suppose it was Ash Wednesday – but it wasn’t. Behind these four words is a fascinating story which writing today in 2020 has a particular resonance. The story begins not in Dorset but […]


The subject of bastardy may seem an odd one to include in a site about the work of a land surveyor but it was a matter of huge importance throughout John Martin’s time and he became directly involved with the subject in his roles as churchwarden, overseer of the poor […]