Dorset flag flies in Whitehall

Dorset flag flies in Whitehall

Dorset flag flies in Whitehall

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THE DORSET flag is flying proudly in Whitehall today.

Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, raised the flag outside the Department for Communities and Local Government headquarters to celebrate the important role counties play in the nation’s cultural heritage.
The Government is championing local communities continuing to cherish and celebrate such traditional ties and community spirit. Ministers have previously changed the law to make it easier to fly flags without a permit from the council – these new freedoms include flying the Dorset flag.
Eric Pickles said:
“I’m delighted for Her Majesty’s Government to recognise and celebrate Dorset by flying its flag in Whitehall. England’s counties continue to form an important part of our cultural and local identity in this country and many people remain deeply attached to their home county. This sense of pride and shared identity is one of the things that binds communities together.
“The historic English counties are one of the oldest forms of local government in Western Europe. Their roots run deep.”
John Wilson, Chairman of Dorset County Council, said:
“I am proud that the Dorset flag is being flown outside the Department for Communities and Local Government. It symbolises the important working connection between the department and the historic counties of England.
“Dorset is an ancient county with a proud historical heritage. Its history is written across its landscape and along the beautiful Jurassic Coast and it is no surprise that Dorset folk have a distinctive pride in their identity and an instinctive love for their county.”

 

DORSET FACTS
• The Celtic name ‘Dorseteschire’ means the place of fisticuffs.
• The first Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) ever seen in British skies was recorded on 8 December 1733 in Fleet, Dorset. This preceded the term UFO by more than 200 years.
• The body of Dorset’s most famous literary son, Thomas Hardy, might have been interred in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey. But he had his heart buried in Dorset  … beside first wife Emma.
• The first-ever radio station was set up in the Haven Hotel in Poole, by the British Telecoms company, Marconi, back in 1899.
• Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventure stories were inspired by the Dorset countryside around the Isle of Purbeck.
• The Boy Scout movement was founded in 1907 and held its first camp in Dorset.
• The Dorset Naga is one of the hottest chilli peppers in the World. Grown in Dorset and at least three times hotter than the Scotch Bonnet, the chilli is so fiery that you must wear gloves to handle it.

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12:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ronfogg says...

So "The Celtic name ‘Dorseteschire’ means the place of fisticuffs." News to me, despite having lived in Dorset for over 50 years. I'd always thought it came from Durnovaria, the original name for Dorchester, Durnovaria, in turn, coming in some way from Durotriges, the local tribe defeated by the Romans. Shows how wrong I was.
So "The Celtic name ‘Dorseteschire’ means the place of fisticuffs." News to me, despite having lived in Dorset for over 50 years. I'd always thought it came from Durnovaria, the original name for Dorchester, Durnovaria, in turn, coming in some way from Durotriges, the local tribe defeated by the Romans. Shows how wrong I was. ronfogg
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2:11pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dorset Boy says...

Looks like the flag is flying at half mast in the Whitehall picture, at least mine was full height in my back garden.
Looks like the flag is flying at half mast in the Whitehall picture, at least mine was full height in my back garden. Dorset Boy
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3:23pm Mon 2 Jun 14

JamesYoung says...

ronfogg wrote:
So "The Celtic name ‘Dorseteschire’ means the place of fisticuffs." News to me, despite having lived in Dorset for over 50 years. I'd always thought it came from Durnovaria, the original name for Dorchester, Durnovaria, in turn, coming in some way from Durotriges, the local tribe defeated by the Romans. Shows how wrong I was.
I have my doubts that this is correct. Fisticuffs is a big leap of etymology.Dorn can mean fist, but it can also refer to a piece of stone the size of a fist, or large pebbles. "set" (or saete) means people. So Dorset probably means "Dorn people" or "people from the place with large pebbles". I've often wondered if that might be a reference to Chesil Beach.
[quote][p][bold]ronfogg[/bold] wrote: So "The Celtic name ‘Dorseteschire’ means the place of fisticuffs." News to me, despite having lived in Dorset for over 50 years. I'd always thought it came from Durnovaria, the original name for Dorchester, Durnovaria, in turn, coming in some way from Durotriges, the local tribe defeated by the Romans. Shows how wrong I was.[/p][/quote]I have my doubts that this is correct. Fisticuffs is a big leap of etymology.Dorn can mean fist, but it can also refer to a piece of stone the size of a fist, or large pebbles. "set" (or saete) means people. So Dorset probably means "Dorn people" or "people from the place with large pebbles". I've often wondered if that might be a reference to Chesil Beach. JamesYoung
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5:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Genghis says...

JamesYoung wrote:
ronfogg wrote:
So "The Celtic name ‘Dorseteschire’ means the place of fisticuffs." News to me, despite having lived in Dorset for over 50 years. I'd always thought it came from Durnovaria, the original name for Dorchester, Durnovaria, in turn, coming in some way from Durotriges, the local tribe defeated by the Romans. Shows how wrong I was.
I have my doubts that this is correct. Fisticuffs is a big leap of etymology.Dorn can mean fist, but it can also refer to a piece of stone the size of a fist, or large pebbles. "set" (or saete) means people. So Dorset probably means "Dorn people" or "people from the place with large pebbles". I've often wondered if that might be a reference to Chesil Beach.
From what little I can piece together from various etymologies, I would have to agree with you, rather than the fanciful "place of fisticuffs." Durnovaria is the Roman take of a British place name, probably meaning the place of fist sized pebbles. Dorsetshire is a mix of British and Old English. Dor, being a reduction of Durn or Dorn; set comes from the Old English sæte, which means people: Shire, or in Old English, scir, is an Anglo-Saxon administrative division with a variety of meanings, administrative office, jurisdiction, stewardship, authority, district, province, country.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ronfogg[/bold] wrote: So "The Celtic name ‘Dorseteschire’ means the place of fisticuffs." News to me, despite having lived in Dorset for over 50 years. I'd always thought it came from Durnovaria, the original name for Dorchester, Durnovaria, in turn, coming in some way from Durotriges, the local tribe defeated by the Romans. Shows how wrong I was.[/p][/quote]I have my doubts that this is correct. Fisticuffs is a big leap of etymology.Dorn can mean fist, but it can also refer to a piece of stone the size of a fist, or large pebbles. "set" (or saete) means people. So Dorset probably means "Dorn people" or "people from the place with large pebbles". I've often wondered if that might be a reference to Chesil Beach.[/p][/quote]From what little I can piece together from various etymologies, I would have to agree with you, rather than the fanciful "place of fisticuffs." Durnovaria is the Roman take of a British place name, probably meaning the place of fist sized pebbles. Dorsetshire is a mix of British and Old English. Dor, being a reduction of Durn or Dorn; set comes from the Old English sæte, which means people: Shire, or in Old English, scir, is an Anglo-Saxon administrative division with a variety of meanings, administrative office, jurisdiction, stewardship, authority, district, province, country. Genghis
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