22 Interesting and historical facts about Dorset.
King Charles II stayed 2 nights at Broadwindsor, Dorset after fleeing from Cromwell's troops after the Battle of Worcester. However, Parliamentarian troops turned up in the village, demanded accommodation and started looking for the King. Luckily for Charles, one of the women of the enemy camp went into labour, which gave him a chance to flee, which he did dressed as a woman.
Lewesdon Hill is the highest point in Dorset at 279 metres high. It is situated in West Dorset, near to the village of Broadwindsor and offers spectacular views through the trees.
Evershot is famous for its strong associations with Thomas Hardy, the English novelist and poet.
The village of Evershot is the source of the river Frome, which travels for approx 30 miles eventually flowing into the English Channel at Poole Harbour.
At 625ft above sea level, the village of Evershot is the second highest village in Dorset.
In 1501, Catherine of Aragon stayed at The Queen’s Arms in Charmouth, Dorset. It is also where King Charles stayed on Septemeber 22 1651. The king was trying to escape Oliver Cromwell's soldiers, and was given refuge by the landlady at the time, Margret Ward. The building is now known as The Abbots house and is the oldest building in Charmouth.
The county of Dorset has no motorways, with agriculture and tourism its main industry. It does however have an international airport near Bournemouth, railway links to London, and 3 coastal ports in Poole, Weymouth, and Portland.
Dorset has a long history of smuggling, which was particularly common during the 18th century.
Dorset is the birthplace of the Trade Union Movement, started by the 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' - a group of 6 labourers who formed a trade union to protest against falling wages. They were sentenced to transportation to Australia but they were pardoned following massive protests by the working classes.
The county name of Dorset is derived from the town of Dorchester