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.

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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.

River Frome, Dorset

River in Dorset in the south of England.

The Frome estuary at Wareham

The river rises in the Dorset Downs at Evershot, passes through Maiden Newton, Dorchester, West Stafford and Woodsford.

Thomas Hardy

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.

Dorset Downs

Area of chalk downland in the centre of the county Dorset in south west England.

The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology

From the northern scarp face, the hills dip gently southwards before the chalk disappears beneath the Bagshot Beds which form the heathlands of the county, between Dorchester and Wareham.


Poundbury as seen from Maiden Castle
Butter Cross bakery
Queen Mother Square
Middlemarsh Street
Queen Mother Square
Fire station by Calder Peel <ref> {{Bare URL PDF|date=May 2022}}</ref> (Dorset Fire and Rescue Service)
Brownsword Hall (front) by John Simpson<ref>{{cite web | url= | 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 new town or urban extension on the outskirts of Dorchester in the county of Dorset, England.

The Mayor of Casterbridge

1886 novel by the English author Thomas Hardy.

First edition title page
Henchard on the way to the fair with Susan and Elizabeth-Jane
Locations in Wessex, from The Wessex of Thomas Hardy by Bertram Windle, 1902, based on correspondence with Hardy.

One of Hardy's Wessex novels, it is set in a fictional rural England with Casterbridge standing in for Dorchester in Dorset where the author spent his youth.


The Durotriges were one of the Celtic tribes living in Britain prior to the Roman invasion.

British Celts, gold stater from the Durotriges. Chute type with strongly Celticized, disjointed horse left and abstract head of Apollo on the right.
The Celtic tribes of Southern Britain showing the Durotriges and their neighbours.
Maiden Castle, Dorset was in the territory of the Durotriges

After the Roman conquest, their main civitates, or settlement-centred administrative units, were Durnovaria (modern Dorchester, "the probable original capital") and Lindinis (modern Ilchester, "whose former, unknown status was thereby enhanced" ).

Fordington, Dorset

Fordington High Street in 1976
The will

Fordington is a part of the town of Dorchester, Dorset; originally a separate village, it has now become a suburb.

Dorchester, Boston

Boston neighborhood comprising more than 6 mi2 in the City of Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Old Blake House c. 1905
Dorchester looking north toward Boston, c. 1781
Baker's Cocoa Advertisement in Overland Monthly, January 1919. The manufacture of chocolate had been introduced in the United States in 1765 by John Hannon and Dr. James Baker in Dorchester. Walter Baker & Company was located in Dorchester.
One of Dorchester's most influential residents, Lucy Stone was an early advocate for women's rights.
Two people play tennis in Franklin Park, 1906.
Map of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and surrounding area from the H. F. Walling Map of the County of Norfolk, Massachusetts, 1858
Map showing all ground in Boston occupied by buildings in 1880, just after Dorchester was annexed to Boston in 1870. Dorchester is in the lower left quadrant. From U.S. Census Bureau.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on the Columbia Point peninsula (2007)
Uphams Corner section of Dorchester showing the typical urban street-scape found in the neighborhood (2010)
Map of the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts
The Red Line MBTA platform at the JFK/UMass station with a commuter rail at the station (2007)
The headquarters of the Boston Globe was located on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester (2009).
The University of Massachusetts Boston is located on Columbia Point in Dorchester (2009).

Originally, Dorchester was a separate town, founded by Puritans who emigrated in 1630 from Dorchester, Dorset, England, to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Maiden Castle, Dorset

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.