Judge Jeffreys (1645-1689) – come and find out more about the ‘Hanging Judge’ and his links with Dorchester
Judge Jeffreys ranks alongside Thomas Hardy and William Barnes as one of the most important figures in Dorchester’s past. But in contrast to those other two former Dorchester residents, you will find no statues of Jeffreys anywhere in the town. His impact on the town was of an altogether darker tone, and his name is inextricably linked to one of the most notorious and controversial episodes in the history of Dorchester, known as the Bloody Assizes.
Mark Damon Chutter is the Chairman and Academic Director of the Thomas Hardy Society . He is a member of the Dorchester Civic Society and the Dorchester Town Council Heritage Committee.
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