Submitted by Ben Buxton on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 17:14
The first day of the dig got off to a good start, with eight diggers getting to work in the 15-metre-long trench. The diggers came from as near as Sandford, and as far as Bournemouth, and ranged from the experienced to the first-timer.
Submitted by Ben Buxton on Sat, 09/17/2011 - 21:13
The origins of Sandford go back to the middle of the 19th century when the Digby family owned the land now occupied by the village. Captain Henry Digby, who owned the Minterne Estate north of Dorchester, bought the land in 1814. He had distinguished himself as captain of one of Nelson's ships at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Submitted by Gareth Naylor on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 10:45
The document below (dated 1597) sets out the place names that define the boundary of the Holton Estate. This is the first document (so far) that names Sandford. At this time the area we call Sandford lay in the centre of the Holton Estate.
Submitted by Gareth Naylor on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 10:29
The document below dates from around 1700 and lists the local clay pit owners in the seventeenth century and the amount that Captain Jolliffe charged to transport their clay by sea. This may be the same Captain Jolliffe who was awarded a gold medal by King William lll for bravery in capturing a French privateer off the Purbeck coast.
Submitted by Gareth Naylor on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 09:54
In 1795 a canal was planned to link the Bristol Channel to the English Channel to transport coal southwards and clay northwards. The cost of the canal was estimated at £200,000 but the scheme was abandoned in 1803 due to insufficient funds. Only an 8 mile stretch of the canal was ever built near Frome.
The name Sandford comes from the sandy ford which crossed the stream draining Morden Bog, a stream now crossed by a bridge at the bottom of the dip between The Gurkha and Wareham Golf Club. The origins of the present village go back to the middle of the 19th century; before then, maps show the name Sandford on the Wareham side of the dip!