A Walk to Bagber with David Fox

A Walk to Bagber with David Fox
WhenSunday 16th June 2024 at 10:30
WhereThe Museum, Sturminster Newton
1 Old Market Cross House, Market Cross
Sturminster Newton
DT10 1AN

Event TypeGuided Walks

This walk has been designed as a tour of the places and sights that would have been familiar to William Barnes, Thomas Hardy and Robert Young. Bagber was the birthplace of William Barnes. David Fox will also entertain us with anecdotes along the way. This is a circular walk of approx 4 miles, taking about 3 hours at a gentle pace,led by David on behalf of the Sturminster Newton Literary Festival. There will be a break, so bring a thermos, snacks or drink, and wear stout shoes. Some stiles to be climbed on this walk. No dogs permitted as there is livestock in the area.

“We still say ‘dthik and ‘dthey’ on the farm, not ‘this’ or ‘those’.”

David Fox grew up listening to the working dialect of the area, though his first childhood encounter with dialect poetry was a typescript on his grandfather’s desk at Barton Farm, and he has restored and Robert Young’ s 1903 notebook. David shares stories of local places and characters, enriched by his own research and ear for a funny or quirky tale.

Few people know Stur and the Vale as well as David who traces his ancestry here back to 1690. He helped found the William Barnes Society and the local Museum, served 32 years as a councillor for the area and was a Mill Trustee.

“One of Dorset’s most entertaining and informative speakers,” The BV Magazine

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