From The Rogue’s Yarn

A Dorset fingerpost sign

No-one’s pointing the finger, but…

Now then. If you live in the Bride Valley, could you have a look in your under-stairs cupboard for a vital part of Long Bredy’s fingerpost? The parish council is having a go at restoring the village’s traditional old and rather weary signposts.

An important mission, because one wrong turn in that neck of the woods will send you merrily on your way to Abbotsbury and the dragons there be beyond, when you wanted to get to the great metropolis of Dorchester.

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Sir Thomas Wyatt competed with Henry VIII for the affections of Anne Boleyn

Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Dorset Connection

Even if you’ve never heard of Wyatt, a diplomat and a brilliant poet, or you’ve never read a word of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novel Wolf Hall or seen a minute of the BBC’s recent adaptation of Wolf Hall, you can probably guess what happened next…

In 1533, Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn.

Three years later, Wyatt was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Soon after, Anne Boleyn was executed, probably within sight of Wyatt’s cell.

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