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Book Launch – From Somerset to Portman Square: The Portman Family and their Estates by Tom Mayberry and Richard Bowden

17 September, 2022 @ 15:00 - 18:00

This is a free event for the launch of the forthcoming book about the Portman Family and their Estates entitled “From Somerset to Portman Square: The Portman Family and their Estates.“  by Tom Mayberry and Richard Bowden.  The Portman family were one of the most influential families in Somerset and Dorset from the 16th to the 20th centuries, and their estates made them among the largest landowners.  A book launch is planned for September 17th at Bryanston, their former country seat.  Tom Mayberry, co-author of the book and CEO of South West Heritage Trust, will be giving a talk and there will be an exhibition and refreshments. 



17 September, 2022
15:00 - 18:00


The Portman Estate


The Old Powerhouse
Bryanston Village, Dorset DT11 0PR + Google Map


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1 Easy – generally even ground with a few gentle slopes; no special fitness needed.  Comfortable footwear required.

2 Moderate – for reasonably fit people, may include unsurfaced rural paths and tracks, moderate slopes, uneven surfaces, steps and stiles. Walking shoes/boots required.

3 Strenuous – for fit, experienced walkers, will include hills, uneven surfaces, tracks and may include muddy terrain. Walking boots and waterproof clothing are essential.

4 Confined spaces – including caves and attics. Locations may be dusty, slippery and dark.

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