Dorset’s’ Victorian legacy is self evident. No period, except perhaps the present, has had a greater impact than the sixty-three ‘Glorious Years’ of Queen Victoria’s reign. Dorset was a rural backwater when she came to the throne but by her death in 1901 much of what we regard as familiar had revolutionised the county. The ‘railway age’, Bournemouth’s growth, the establishment of the County Council and the county police force, the extension of the franchise, the introduction of compulsory schooling and public libraries, the expansion of the towns, immense changes in industry and agriculture – such things caused a fundamental shift in Dorset’s traditional way of life.
138mm x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout
ISBN 1 874336 60 1