A report on Dorchester, Dorset

Part of the Roman town house near County Hall, showing the underfloor heating system
Judge Jeffreys' lodging house, now a restaurant, in High West Street
Shire Hall in High West Street, where the trial of the Tolpuddle martyrs took place
A 1937 map of Dorchester
The River Frome on the edge of the town
Statue of Thomas Hardy beside The Grove, north of High West Street
Dorset County Museum
Church of St Peter
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre
Dorchester South railway station

County town of Dorset, England.

- Dorchester, Dorset
Part of the Roman town house near County Hall, showing the underfloor heating system

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Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646

Dorset

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County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646
Geological map of Dorset
Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove
The beach near Bournemouth Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thomas Hardy
Sherborne Abbey

The county town is Dorchester, in the south.

The ruins of the 16th-century Sandsfoot Castle

Weymouth, Dorset

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Seaside town in Dorset, on the English Channel coast of England.

Seaside town in Dorset, on the English Channel coast of England.

The ruins of the 16th-century Sandsfoot Castle
George III bathing at Weymouth by John Colley Nixon, 1789
The White Horse at Osmington shows<Br>King George III on a horse
US soldiers marched through Weymouth to board landing ships for the 1944 invasion of France.
Weymouth Guildhall
Weymouth's esplanade displays Georgian architecture and Queen Victoria's Jubilee Clock.
Climatic ergograph for Weymouth. Sea temperatures (light blue line) remain mild in winter and warm slowly in spring, helping to produce a seasonal lag of 1–2 months.
Brewers Quay museum and shopping centre on the harbourside
Nothe Fort is one of the museums in the town.
St John's Church, Weymouth is a Victorian era Grade II* listed building.
The Weymouth Harbour Tramway or Quay Branch
Weymouth College of further education in Melcombe Regis
The beach volleyball classic is held on Weymouth beach every July.
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
Locations in Wessex, from The Wessex of Thomas Hardy by Bertram Windle, 1902, based on correspondence with Hardy.

Situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey, 11 km south of the county town of Dorchester, Weymouth had a population of 53,068 as of 2018.

Hardy between about 1910 and 1915

Thomas Hardy

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English novelist and poet.

English novelist and poet.

Hardy between about 1910 and 1915
"The Hardy Tree", a Great Tree of London in Old St Pancras churchyard in London, growing between gravestones moved while Hardy was working there
Max Gate in 2015
Florence Hardy at the seashore, 1915
Thomas Hardy's birthplace and cottage at Higher Bockhampton, where Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written
View of the River Frome from the bridge at Lower Bockhampton. In Tess of the d'Urbervilles the lowland vale of the river is described as the Vale of the Great Dairies, in comparison to Tess's home, the fertile Vale of Blackmore, which is the Vale of Little Dairies.
A major location of The Return of the Native as part of Hardy's fictional Egdon Heath.
Thomas Hardy by Walter William Ouless, 1922
A portrait of Thomas Hardy in 1923 by Reginald Eves
Thomas Hardy aged 70, by William Strang
The title page from a first edition of Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)

Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840 in Higher Bockhampton (then Upper Bockhampton), a hamlet in the parish of Stinsford to the east of Dorchester in Dorset, England, where his father Thomas (1811–1892) worked as a stonemason and local builder, and married his mother Jemima (née Hand; 1813–1904) in Beaminster, towards the end of 1839.

Poole

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Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

The Poole Logboat, a 2,000-year-old dugout canoe discovered during dredging works in Poole Harbour
Beech Hurst in the town centre, a Georgian mansion built in 1798 for a wealthy Newfoundland merchant
Poole Quay was the busy centre of the town's maritime trade.
The borough council was based at Poole Civic Centre
The coat of arms of the Borough of Poole.
Poole lies on Eocene clays.
A panorama of Poole Town Centre viewed from Parkstone.
The Sunseeker shipyards opposite Poole Quay
Barclays House in the town centre.
Poole Quay, once a busy centre of maritime trade, has become increasingly popular with tourists
Poole Guildhall.
Poole Bay and the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth.
The Parish Church of St. James, built in 1819.
Poole Stadium is a greyhound racing venue and home to the Poole Pirates speedway team
The Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole is the largest arts centre in England outside London.
The main transport features in Dorset.
Poole railway station
Poole Hospital is the trauma centre for East Dorset.

The town is 21 miles east of Dorchester and adjoins Bournemouth to the east.

Map of railways around Yeovil

Yeovil

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Town and civil parish in the district of South Somerset, England.

Town and civil parish in the district of South Somerset, England.

Map of railways around Yeovil
Yeovil hospital
The Town House
Preston Park
Westland Helicopters works
Jack the Treacle Eater, one of the Barwick follies
A South West Coaches shuttle service to the town centre calls at
St John's Church
Huish Park

Yeovil is on the main Roman road from Dorchester to the Fosse Way at Ilchester.

West Street in 1960; Bridport's wide main street is a result of the town's history as a rope-making centre

Bridport

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Market town in Dorset, England, 1.5 mi inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the River Brit and its tributary the Asker.

Market town in Dorset, England, 1.5 mi inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the River Brit and its tributary the Asker.

West Street in 1960; Bridport's wide main street is a result of the town's history as a rope-making centre
Bridport Town Hall (1786) by William Tyler RA
The Jurassic cliffs, West Bay
Palmer's Brewery
Saturday market in South Street
Bridport Arts Centre
The Sir John Colfox Academy at Bradpole
St Mary's parish church
6th hole, Port Coombe at the Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club
Hyde real tennis court with Hyde House to the left

During the reign of King Alfred it became one of the four most important settlements in Dorset – the other three being Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Wareham – with the construction of fortifications and establishment of a mint.

Maiden Castle in 1934

Maiden Castle, Dorset

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Maiden Castle in 1934
3D view of the digital terrain model
Maiden Castle from the north
The white line across the hill fort where the ramparts deviate inwards marks the extent of the early fort. Photograph taken in 1935 by Major George Allen (1891–1940).
Maiden Castle LIDAR topography
Maiden Castle's southern defences were made up of four ramparts and three ditches.
The ramparts and ditches of the developed hill fort
Site of the Roman temple at Maiden Castle
Excavations at Maiden Castle in October 1937. Photograph by Major George Allen (1891–1940).

Maiden Castle is an Iron Age hillfort 1.6 mi south west of Dorchester, in the English county of Dorset.

Poundbury as seen from Maiden Castle

Poundbury

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Poundbury as seen from Maiden Castle
Butter Cross bakery
Queen Mother Square
Middlemarsh Street
Queen Mother Square
Fire station by Calder Peel <ref>https://www.britmet.co.uk/downloads/case-studies/tactray-90-case-study-poundbury-fire-station.pdf {{Bare URL PDF|date=May 2022}}</ref> (Dorset Fire and Rescue Service)
Brownsword Hall (front) by John Simpson<ref>{{cite web | url=https://www.barbourproductsearch.info/poundbury-dorchester-dorset-news012837.html# | title=Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset }}</ref> (compare Tetbury Market House)
Brownsword Hall (side)
Peverell <abbr title="Avenue West">Ave W / Ringhill Street (Whistling Witch)
Perverell <abbr title="Avenue West">Ave W / Peninsula Way
Peverell <abbr title="Avenue East">Ave E / Woodlands Crescent
Holmead Walk / Chaseborough Square
Bridport Road / Beechwood Lane
Moraston Street / Weir End Road

Poundbury is an experimental planned community or urban extension on the outskirts of Dorchester in the county of Dorset, England.

The Thomas Hardye School central building, known as "The Spine"

The Thomas Hardye School

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The Thomas Hardye School central building, known as "The Spine"

The Thomas Hardye School is a secondary academy school in Dorchester, Dorset, England.

Victorian interior of the Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum

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Victorian interior of the Dorset County Museum
Victorian interior of the Dorset County Museum
Museum entrance

The Dorset County Museum is located in Dorchester, Dorset, England.