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Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

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Where is Dorchester, Dorset, England? 

Dorchester is a market town in southern central Dorset, England, on the River Frome at the junction of the A35 and A37 roads, 20 miles (32 km) west of Poole and 8 miles (13 km) north of Weymouth. In 2001 the town had a population of 16,171 and a catchment population of approximately 40,000. There were 7,386 dwellings in 2001 and 205 shops in 1991. Dorchester has been the county town of Dorset since 1305.

Fordington is a part of the town of Dorchester, Dorset; originally a separate village, it has now become a suburb.wikipedia

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Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) -
Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

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Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) -
Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

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1563 - Dorchester is struck by plague
During this period Dorchester remained a small market town. In 1500 it was said to have 260 houses, ...Read MORE...

1579 - The plague returns dorchestertime.html
1595 - Plague strikes Dorchester again dorchestertime.html
1610 - Dorchester is given a charter
In 1610 Dorchester was given a charter (a document granting the townspeople certain rights and...Read MORE...

1613 - Dorchester is badly damaged by fire
In 1613 Dorchester suffered a severe fire, which destroyed much of the town. There were other less...Read MORE...

1625 - Trinity School is founded
There was a school in Dorchester in the Middle Ages but it was refounded as a grammar school in...Read MORE...

1630 - The charter is renewed dorchestertime.html
1643 - During the Civil War royalists capture Dorchester
In 1642 came civil war between king and parliament. Dorchester was a hotbed of Puritanism and so...Read MORE...

1685 - Following a failed rebellion 312 people are tried in Dorchester and 13 are executed in the town.
In 1685 a rebellion broke out in South-western England led by the Duke of Monmouth. However the...Read MORE...

1700 - Dorchester has a population of about 1,700. The old wool industry is in decline.
During the 16th and 17th centuries the old wool industry continued in Dorchester but in the 18th...Read MORE...

Dorchester, a municipal borough of England, capital of Dorsetshire, on the Frome, 8 miles N. of...Read MORE...

Dorchester, Dorset, UK

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

immigrant flag  Bernard CAPEN (abt. 1562, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 18 November 1638, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant flag  Susannah CAPEN (11 April 1602, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 13 November 1666, Windsor, Connecticut, USA)

immigrant flag  Anthony EAMES (abt. 1595, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 6 October 1686, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA )
immigrant flag  Elizabeth EAMES (13 June 1624, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 9 June 1692, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
immigrant flag  Justus EAMES (29 April 1627, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 1706, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA )
flag  Margery EAMES (5 December 1630, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 7 April 1659, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant flag  Millicent EAMES (abt. 1616, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 8 February 1696, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant flag  Persis EAMES (28 October 1621, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 31 December 1662, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)

immigrant flag  Thomas HAZARD (abt. 1610, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 1680, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA)

flag  Henry JORDAN (1534, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 7/19/1603, Suffolk, England)

immigrant flag  John MEIGS (29 January 1612, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 4 January 1672, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
immigrant flag  Mary MEIGS (3 March 1633, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 30 April 1703, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

immigrant flag  George MINOT (1594, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 24 December 1671, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)
flag  Samuel MINOT (December 1635, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - , )

immigrant flag  Margery PIERCE (abt. 1599, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 31 December 1662, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA )

immigrant flag  Joan PURCHASE (25 March 1578, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 26 March 1653, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)

immigrant flag  Joan ROCKWELL (25 April 1625, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 16 September 1665, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA )
immigrant flag  John ROCKWELL (18 July 1627, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 13 September 1673, Windsor, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

immigrant flag  Martha STOCKE (1597, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 23 December 1657, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

immigrant flag  Henry WAY (10 December 1583, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 24 March 1667, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

flag  Hannah MASON (23 September 1636, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - 1696, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington))

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

William ROCKWELL (6 February 1590 - 15 May 1640) & Susannah CAPEN (11 April 1602 - 13 November 1666)
married 14 April 1624

Cemeteries in Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

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