Much of Dorset's charm comes from features that can seem changeless. The modern photographs in this book are taken from as close as possible to the locations of the older ones with which they are paired, allowing the reader to see what has and has not changed. Few of the old views are unrecognisable today, but some of the differences in detail can be surprising. Individual chapters cover towns, villages, the coast, life in Dorset and tourism. Subjects vary from familiar locations and landmarks such as the Cerne Giant, the Cobb at Lyme Regis, Weymouth seafront and Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, to some of the less well-known villages of the county and even some views that have been 'lost' over the past century. Dorset Through Time takes the reader on a tour of the many places that make Dorset special.
Steve Wallis was born in Halifax in the former West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1994 he moved to Dorset to work for Dorset County Council, where he is currently a senior archaeologist. A keen photographer, Steve is the author of several titles covering the local history of Dorchester as well as locations in Somerset and Hampshire. He has written many other 'Through Time' volumes relating to Dorset and adjacent counties and two river `From Source to Sea' books for Amberley. He lives in Dorset.