John Samuel Wanley Sawbridge Erle Drax (1800-1887) was arguably one of the most notorious characters of 19th-century Dorset. He was elected MP for Wareham on three occasions and held other high offices in the county but is usually remembered for his eccentric habits and scandalous reputation. In this talk, Luke recounts the story of this controversial figure while seeking to place his life against the social and political backdrop of his age.

Join Luke Mouland to explore the extraordinary life of one of Dorset’s most notorious and eccentric characters.

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Photo credit: Sherborne Museum.