Bridport History Society


Bridport History Society is an association for people with a lively curiosity about both local history and wider historical matters. The Society’s meetings offer its Members not only the opportunity to attend a variety of interesting talks, but also the opportunity to engage with others in discussions about historical issues. The Society is also a forum for sharing information on Members’ own research and projects.


Next Meeting and Talk

Thursday, 11 April 2024         2.15pm for 2.30pm

Austen Hamilton MA
  ‘The Eighteenth-Century Speculative House Builder — A Familiar Figure’


Coinciding with the recent commencement of one of the most extensive housebuilding operations in this locality for many years (even decades), the opportunity to bring in Austen Hamilton to speak to us about speculative builders was too good to pass up.  Austen has been a student of urban history  (principally London) for over 50 years.  His work has also taken him into property development, albeit not housing, and has given him a different insight into some of the issues.

For more information about the April talk see below: 

About his talk Austen says: 

'The "housing problem" has a long history, as has the role of the speculative builder in its solution. The development process has changed little over the centuries and a look at some of the players and controversies of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century housing development can provide an interesting sidelight on our own times.' Austen will be talking mostly about speculative property developers in London.

Society Meetings

Meetings are held at the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ on the second Thursday of the month (except July and August), 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start.  Access to the hall is from the alley to the side of the church.

Membership is £10 individual / £15 couple, plus £1 on the door.  Visitors welcome, £5pp per talk.

Bridport History Society
Meetings are held at the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ
on the second Thursday of the month (except July and August), 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start.   Access to the hall is from the alley to the side of the church.