Which happens to just be the title of my forth coming book.

Welcome to my blog about the lives of Victorian soldiers and their stories. (And so much more)

Weymouth’s Nothe fort is now a Museum, one well worth visiting…but why nor dig a bit deeper to find out what life was really like for those sappers who slaved away, or their wives and families who followed in their wake.Their lives were harsh.

In my book you’ll discover the secrets of those spirits who still stalk its musty passages and the stories of many silent spectres who watch your every move as you peer into the dank lobbies.

On here I reveal the tales of those who lived on this military peninsular and of course, those who lived in the town down below-Weymouth. 

Very much a love-hate relationship.

But the Nothe’s tale goes way beyond it’s dour grey walls.

Follow in the soldiers footsteps along Barrack Road and you’ll reach the Bloody Red Barracks with the old Territorial blocks opposite.

Then there’s The Military Arms and Nothe Tavern that once served many a pint to our soldiers…while out the back they stored more than a few dead bodies awaiting their inquest.

Spread the Nothe’s story net wider and you’ll cross the enclosed Portland Roads with its massive breakwaters, home to Naval and trading vessels.

Look up to see the mighty Verne Citadel on Portland and the prison with its officers and guards, not forgetting its  inmates, those convicts who were made to slave away in government quarries.

They all have their tales to tell.

Their stories reveal all of human nature, from love-affairs to murder, tragic deaths and daring burglaries, marriage and mayhem.

Life was never dull with the army in town.

It may be a history book…but not as you know it.

Read on…

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