Local History

H.V. Morton By Stephen Roberts

H.V. Morton By Stephen Roberts

This month I’m pursuing H.V. (Henry Vollam) Morton (1892-1979), a pioneering travel writer, hailing from Lancashire, who visited Christchurch when researching his ‘In Search of England’ (1927). Morton, like Mary Shelley, had parents who were both writers, reported on...

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Quartleys By Stephen Roberts

Quartleys By Stephen Roberts

Dr. Quartley was called out one evening to administer to a smuggler who’d been shot in a scrap with Revenue men. His payment (or reward, whatever you wish to call it) was on his doorstep one morning soon after, a keg of fine French brandy. That’s the story, apocryphal...

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