Another Blue Plaque for Dorchester

On 18 October, Sir Philip Williams and Rupert Ewdwards will unveil a blue plaque to honour the founder of the mill street Mission and Mill Street Housing Society, A H Edwards.  The plaque will be placed on Edwards Court, which is situated near the site of the origional Mission hall.

Read More » Posted on 16 Oct 2017

The Mill Street Memories exhibition

The Mill Street Memories exhibition at the Gallery, Duke's, Copper Street, Brewery Square runs from 10 to 4 from 16 to 20 January.

The exhibition has a large unique collection of photos of the Mill Street area from 1905, local history and stories from people who lived in the in this poor part of Dorchester.   

The exhibition was opened by Sir Philip Williams, President of the Mill Street Housing Society and Rupert Edwards, current chairman of the Society.

Read More » Posted on 18 Jan 2017

Mill Street Memories Exhibition

The Mill Street Memories Exhibition will run from 16 January to 20 January from 10am to 4pm a The Gallery, Dukes, Copper Street, Brewery Square DT1 1GA




Read More » Posted on 13 Jan 2017

Prince of Wales is interested in Mill Street Memories

Rupert Edwards, Chairman of the Mill Street Housing Society and grandason of founder of the Mill Street Mission and Housing Society and David Forrester present the Prince of Wales with copies of David's books about life in old Mill Street.

Read More » Posted on 02 Jun 2016

Mill Street Memories Project sparks WW1 History talks



The huge success of the Mill Street Memories Project in Dorchester has prompted organisers to schedule three talks centred on the history of our County Regiments' activities and the part they played 100 years ago during the Great War. 


The first of three talks at St George's Hall in Fordington, Dorchester on 22nd March at 6.30pm will be on the Dorset Yeomanry's famous cavalry charge at Agagia. Followed by the Somme on 12th June and Gallipoli on 28th September. 


All three talks will be presented by Captain Allan Wood - a former regular soldier and served with the 17th/21st Lancers who joined The Dorset Yeomanry before becoming a History teacher at schools in Poole. He now lives in Weymouth. He retired from teaching last year and prepared a number of thesis on Military History finally taking examinations to join the Guild of Battlefield Tour Guides.  


There will be a small charge to raise funds for local amenities. 

Read More » Posted on 16 Mar 2016

Mill Street Memories Exhibition

Mill Street Memories Exhibition

Dorchester Town Hall High East Street Dorchester DT1 1HF

4 November 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm




Read More » Posted on 29 Sep 2015

Mission Hall Window

The coloured round glass window from the old Mill Street Mission hall has been rescued.  The window was damaged but has been restored by Jon Callen, a well-known local stained glass restorer.  Jon has worked on many windows including the Chapel Royal windows at Hampton Court Palace and is the glass adviser for the Salisbury Diocese. 

Brian Cheeseman’s family lived in Mill Street and then moved to Hardy Avenue, where he lived until he was 27 and left home to get married.  He remembers attending services at the mission hall about 75 years ago, when he was a young child.  He remembers “the good people who were there, particularly the teachers Miss Oates, Miss Churchill and Miss Bartlett who lived locally”.  He remembers going from the main brick building where the classrooms were into the Mission Hall for services.  He knew practically everyone, it was such a close community.

There were 20 to 30 children in a class and everyone mixed with everyone else.  “Up to the age of about 10 years old, it was our second home, if you were not at home you were at the Mission.  It was all you had. No one would forget the Mission, that’s for certain.  Without it, what would we have done?”

Jon Callan and Brian Cheeseman with the restored window from the Mill Street Mission Hall



Read More » Posted on 12 Mar 2015

The Mill Street bell

Have you heard of the Mill Street bell?

Read More » Posted on 18 Dec 2014

Mill Street Memories project

Another meeting will be held at St George's Church hall from 2 to 4 on Monday 2 February 2015.

Everyone is welcome.

Read More » Posted on 17 Dec 2014

Get in touch

Managing Agent to the Society
Symonds & Sampson

Contact Michelle Powell for housing management, including rents, lettings, repairs and maintenance.

01305 261 008

30 High West Street Dorchester DT1 1UP

Secretary to the Society

Judith Dearlove

Contact for general enquiries, Society management and organisation, committee matters, Mill Street history and complaints.

01305 261622

Fordington Hill House,
High Street Fordington,
Dorchester, DT1 1LZ

Warden to the Society

Rosie Sibley

The warden service is available for residents in sheltered housing: Weekdays 9am-5pm.

01305 264 156

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