Blandford Forum, Dorset
Old Postcard, Blandford Forum, East Street
Blandford Market Place
These two postcards were mailed in August 1951 but appear to be from the 1920s.
Blandford, Salisbury Street
A lovely old postcard of East Street from around 1910. My aunt, May
Biddulph,  lived at Lyston House - just out of the picture on the right.   
Blandford Forum, Market Place
The Market Place in a postcard which appears to date from the 1950s.
An undated Edwardian postcard of the Market Place.
An undated postcard of Bryanston School.
This postcard of Salisbury Street was mailed in 1919.
Blandford Cottage Hospital
An undated postcard of the Cottage Hospital, Blandford.
Blandford Salisbury Road
Salisbury Road in the early 20th Century.
Blandford Bridge
A 1918 postcard of the Bridge.
Bryanston Lodge
Bryanston Lodge.
A 1922 postcard of Salisbury Street.
Bryanston School
Bryanston.
Blandford Camp was built during World War I. My father - aged 17 ! - joined the
army in 1918, and somehow found himself at Blandford Camp, attached to the
Royal Flying Corps which was then part of the army before it became the RAF.
He wanted to volunteer to learn to fly, but his sergeant told him not to be a
bloody fool as he would soon get himself killed, so he stayed where he was. He
was on Waterloo Station waiting to go to France in 1918 when the Armistice was
signed, and was thus spared. So I suppose I'm lucky to be around !
Rupert Brooke, the poet, was stationed at
Blandford Camp. He died from a mosquito bite
on his way to Gallipoli in February 1915.
Did You Know.... that
George Nesbitt
, an early
professional photographer, was
born in Blandford in 1848 ?
Blandford, Legion House
Another postcard of Salisbury Street.
Bryanston School is a co-educational independent boarding school
in Blandford. It was founded in 1928 and  occupies a palatial
country house designed in the late nineteenth century by Richard
Norman Shaw. It is set in 400 acres and has about 650 pupils and
80 teachers.
Old Postcard, Blandford Bridge
Blandford Bridge.
West Street, Blandford Forum
West Street.
Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum
Another postcard of Salisbury Street in the early 1900s.
Blandford is a market town on the River Stour in Dorset in south-west England with a population (2001)
of around 9000. Nearby is Blandford Camp, which has been a military base since the 18th Century. My
father was stationed there in the RFC during WW1 and subsequently his sister, my aunt, May Biddulph,
lived in the town and was mayor in the 1950s - she read the proclamation when King George VI died.
The town is noted for its Georgian architecture - it was largely rebuilt as a result of a 1731 fire, thus
giving the town centre an architectural uniformity of style.

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The Blandford Fly.
Whilst staying with my aunt and uncle in Blandford in 1951, I was trying to play golf with my
uncle and was bitten badly on the legs by what was referred to as "harvesters". It was
probably the Blandford Fly which has since become infamous in the region. It has been largely
eradicated in the Blandford area but has spread elsewhere in the southwest - follow
this link to
read more.
Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum
Blandford Forum, Dorset
Milton Abbey, Dorset
A nice old view of East Street.
Milton Abbey, Dorset
Milton Abbey.
East Street - a postcard from a photo by Nesbitt. The image was sent to us by
Jean Ruffie, who would like to know who was living in the house marked with a
cross around 1900-1910, and also if anyone has any information about a French
chef named Pierre Pastre. Please
email us if you can help !
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Blandford Forum, Dorset
Another postcard of the Cottage Hospital.
East Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset
Blandford Forum Station
East Street.
The Railway Station.