History Society


History Society

Location: Pen Selwood
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Jun 11, 2023


The History Society is for everyone interested in the history of Pen Selwood.  We foster and promote the study and appreciation of local history by sharing what we each know about the past.

The meetings will be held monthly  between October and April usually on Wednesdays at 7:30pm in private homes. We may arrange some outdoor daytime visits.

Link to the History page here.

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Comment by Admin on June 11, 2023 at 11:52

I came across this today. Andrew Ewens of Penselwood was fined £10 in 1631 for not attending the Coronation of King Charles 1.  How many of you would have been fined and What would the fine be today?!

Comment by Admin on November 12, 2022 at 12:43

See talk by Julian Richards on 27th Nov. See events for details http://penselwood.ning.com/events/a-career-in-ruins

Comment by Admin on July 28, 2021 at 19:22

Is anyone interested and available to respond?

“I've just joined your community and would like to contact someone in your History Society who may be able to help with a request and I was hoping you could recommend who to approach.

My friend is visit from Devon for a few days from 11th to 16th August and I live on the far side of Shaftesbury.  We have both read the book Ferney, which is a fictional novel played out through historic events which take place around Pen Selwood.  We are planning to visit the area while she is here to explore the village and some of the landmarks mentioned in the book, which you may have heard of.  

Now to the point of my enquiry.  We were wondering if there is anyone in the History Society who may be available to meet us and spare an hour or two to give us an informed tour of some of the local places of historic interest around the village at some point during those dates in August?

I would be grateful if you could suggest either someone I could approach, or if you don't share contact details, please do pass on my email or phone number (01722 780796) and ask them if they would be kind enough to contact me.  

Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.

Rose Whitfield“

let me know if you do, Geoff

Comment by Admin on January 27, 2021 at 12:24
Comment by Admin on January 27, 2021 at 12:23

Comment by geoff parcell on July 20, 2019 at 11:01


I’ve asked around and will send you an email.


Comment by Martin Reeves on July 19, 2019 at 13:38


I am making of study of Primitive Methodist chapels in Dorset and Somerset. I understand that the chapel in Pen Selwood, originally sited in Chapel Lane,was closed in the 1950's. Can anyone confirm that the building was totally demolished or was it modified for residential use ?It is difficult to see on Google Street View what structure is on the site now.Additionally if anyone has or knows the whereabouts of a photo of the original chapel I should be delighted to hear from them. I am not local but live in South Dorset.     Many Thanks

Martin Reeves

Comment by geoff parcell on November 25, 2018 at 13:52

I've added the presentation from last Wednesdays meeting as a page. You'll need to hit View All to see the list.

Feedback about the meeting has been very positive.

Comment by Admin on August 20, 2018 at 18:59

A link to the Wessex Hillforts projects. Each chapter is downloadable as a pdf


Comment by Admin on August 17, 2018 at 9:28

Ive added a page on the Pen Dig


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