Regis in the 1819 New British Traveller or Modern Panorama of
England & Wales (Vol. 2) by James Dugdale
our Entry in this 1819 Guidebook below...
Reois — The little market-town of Bere Regis is situated
in the Blandford division, seven- miles west by north from Wareham,
and 113 south-west from London. Drs.Stukeley and Coker conjecture
that this place was the site of a Roman station ; an opinion
which is confirmed by a large circular entrenchment upon Woodbury
Hill, about half a mile north-cast of the parish. The area of
this place, which contains about ten acres, is surrounded by
triple ramparts, that in some places are high and deep. On the
summit, which commands a very extensive prospect, a fair is
annually holden. This fair begins on the Nativity of the Virgin,
and continues through the five following days : though of late
years it has much decreased, it was once the most considerable
in the west of England.
IClfrida, to whom the manor belonged, is. said to- have retired
to her seat in this place, ai'teir the murder of her son-in-law,
Edward the Martyr. Kin;* John also appears to have made it his
resilience. In the reign of Henry III. the manor was bestowed
on Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester ; but, as a consequence
attending his rebellion, it was taken from him, and granted
to the King's brother, Edmund. Edmund gave a moiety of it to
the Abbess of Tarent, who, in the reign of Edward the First,
claimed lor her manor of Bere, a fair, a market, a free-warren,
and the whole forest of Berc. Her moiety of these was granted
her. At the Dissolution, Henry VIII. for the sum of 608/. 16s.
Sd. granted the manor to Robert Turberville, to whose ancestors
the other moiety had belonged for ages. The mansion of the Turbervilles
still remains : it is an ancient irregular structure, built
with stone, and its windows contain various quarterings of the
Tur- berville family and its alliances.
Regis, though it does not appear ever to have been represented
in Parliament, was incorporated in the time of Edward the First.
Its market is ancient, as appears from King John's having confirmed
it to the inhabitants.
church is a large and handsome structure, »ivl contains
numerous monuments of the Turber- ville and other families.
The town of Bere Regis has suffered twice by fire: once in 1634,
and again in 1788. The number of houses at present is 217 ;
of inhabitants, 053. The most distinguished natives of the place
have been James Turberville, Bishop of Exeter, and John Morton,
Archbishop of Canterbury.
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