River Stour, Dorset

61 mi river which flows through Wiltshire and Dorset in southern England, and drains into the English Channel.

- River Stour, Dorset

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Tomb of John Beaufort

Wimborne Minster

Market town in Dorset in South West England, and the name of the Church of England church in that town.

Market town in Dorset in South West England, and the name of the Church of England church in that town.

Tomb of John Beaufort
Alton Morris at Wimborne Folk Festival 2011
Wimborne Minster Town Hall
Thomas Hardy's house (1881 to 1883), Avenue Road

It lies at the confluence of the River Stour and the River Allen, 5 mi north of Poole, on the Dorset Heaths, and is part of the South East Dorset conurbation.

The Palladian bridge and Pantheon

Stourhead

The Palladian bridge and Pantheon
View taken from the Grotto, of the lake in autumn colours
Stourhead's lake and foliage as seen from a high hill vantage point
Stourhead House
The Temple of Apollo high on a hill overlooking the gardens, based on a circular temple at Baalbec
Gatehouse
The Temple of Flora 1744-46 by Henry Flitcroft
Entrance front
Library
Bridge 1762 and Pantheon
The Pantheon 1753-54 by Henry Flitcroft
interior Pantheon
Statue in Pantheon
Temple of Flora and Bridge
View from Grotto
River God in Grotto
Sleeping nymph statue in the Grotto
Grotto text, a quotation from Pope
Temple of Apollo 1757, by Henry Flitcroft
The Lake
Rhododendrons in flower
Temple of Apollo from the lake
King Alfred's Tower c.1770 by Henry Flitcroft
Gothic Cottage c.1780 altered 1806
St Peter's Pump 15th century, relocated from Bristol to Stourhead 1766
Boathouse
The Convent c.1765
The Obelisk 1839-40
Bristol High Cross 1373 relocated to Stourhead 1764
The Lake

Stourhead is a 1,072-hectare (2,650-acre) estate at the source of the River Stour in the southwest of the English county of Wiltshire, extending into Somerset.

Christchurch, Dorset

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Christchurch Castle ruins
Hart's Fusee Factory, built in 1845. The manufacture of fusee chains was an important industry in 19th-century Christchurch.
A P-47 Thunderbolt of the 405th Fighter Wing at RAF Christchurch, 1944
Christchurch Civic Offices
Christchurch Harbour with the Clay Pool (bottom right) where the rivers Avon and Stour converge. Stanpit Marsh (centre left), Wick (centre right) and Hengistbury Head (top right). The thin line of beach huts at the top left reveals the position of Mudeford Spit with the Isle of Wight on the horizon.
Monday market, Christchurch High Street.
The Mayor's Parlour and Saxon Square
The Constable's House, a Grade I listed Norman dwelling
Christchurch Priory dates from the 11th century
Place Mill
Christchurch railway station
Christchurch Library
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister between 1762–63, owned a mansion house in Christchurch

Founded in the seventh century at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour which flow into Christchurch Harbour, the town was originally named Twynham but became known as Christchurch following the construction of the priory in 1094.

The town centre, showing the remains of the 15th-century market cross.

Sturminster Newton

Town and civil parish in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England.

Town and civil parish in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England.

The town centre, showing the remains of the 15th-century market cross.
Sturminster Newton Museum in the Old Market Cross House
Sturminster Newton Mill
Sculpted column commemorating the former cattle market that was first established in 1219

It is situated on a low limestone ridge in a meander of the River Stour.

View from Hambledon Hill overlooking Child Okeford and Blackmore Vale

Blackmore Vale

Vale, or wide valley, in north Dorset, and to a lesser extent south Somerset and southwest Wiltshire in southern England.

Vale, or wide valley, in north Dorset, and to a lesser extent south Somerset and southwest Wiltshire in southern England.

View from Hambledon Hill overlooking Child Okeford and Blackmore Vale
Sturminster Newton watermill

The vale is part of the Stour valley, part of the Dorset AONB and part of the natural region known as the Blackmoor Vale and Vale of Wardour.

The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley

Dorset Downs

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

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

On the east, the Downs were once, thousands of years ago, continuous with Cranborne Chase, but the River Stour now cuts a valley between them, which is the location of Blandford Forum and the eastern boundary of the downs.

River Avon, Hampshire

In the south of England, rising in Wiltshire, flowing through that county's city of Salisbury and then west Hampshire, before reaching the English Channel through Christchurch Harbour in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation of Dorset.

In the south of England, rising in Wiltshire, flowing through that county's city of Salisbury and then west Hampshire, before reaching the English Channel through Christchurch Harbour in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation of Dorset.

The start of the lower half, near Fordingbridge
The 17th-century navigation channel near Britford is still in water
Longford Castle overlooks the river
Hale Park
Breamore House

To the south of Salisbury the river enters the Hampshire Basin, flowing along the western edge of the New Forest through Fordingbridge and Ringwood, meeting up with the River Stour at Christchurch, to flow into Christchurch Harbour.

Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway

English railway line connecting Bath and Bournemouth (now in south-east Dorset but then in Hampshire), with a branch from Evercreech Junction to Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater.

English railway line connecting Bath and Bournemouth (now in south-east Dorset but then in Hampshire), with a branch from Evercreech Junction to Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater.

The Somerset & Dorset system from 1890
The procession celebrating the opening of the Somerset Central Railway
Templecombe in 1862
The Somerset Central Railway and the Dorset Central Railway in 1862
Templecombe in 1863
Templecombe in 1870
Templecombe in the 1900s
The Somerset and Dorset Railway in 1875
Disused signal box at Wellow, now privately owned
Northbound Somerset & Dorset train climbing up from Shepton Mallet at Windsor Hill in 1959
View northward at Masbury Summit in 1959
Near Shepton Mallet in 1959
Railway arch at Midford
Evercreech Junction after closure
Preserved S&DJR 7F 2-8-0 no. 53809, on display at Bath Green Park Station (now a car park), 6 March 2006
SDJR No. 4 First Class Coach at Washford on the West Somerset Railway

The S&D main line ran south from Bath Queen Square (later renamed Green Park) to Radstock, at one time the centre of the Somerset coalfield, and then over Masbury Summit, at 811 feet (274 m) above sea level, crossing the Mendip Hills, via Shepton Mallet and entering the catchment area of the River Stour to Wincanton and Blandford, joining the LSWR South West Main Line at Poole, the S&D trains continuing to the LSWR station at Bournemouth West.

Blandford originated at a fording point over the River Stour

Blandford Forum

Blandford originated at a fording point over the River Stour
Plan showing the extent of damage of the 1731 fire; the properties shaded black were destroyed, those shaded yellow survived.
Blandford Forum Town Hall, rebuilt in 1734
Blandford Cemetery, one of the responsibilities of the Town Council
The Stour Valley immediately north of the town; much of the countryside around Blandford is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Pump House fire monument
Bridge over the River Stour
Blandford Heights industrial estate on the northern edge of the town
Former Somerset and Dorset railway bridge at Blandford Forum. Following closure of the line, the span over the river (right) was demolished, and the earth embankment on the left was reused for nearby flood defence work, leaving it as a bridge to nowhere.
Blandford Town Museum
Blandford Bowls Club
Woodhouse Gardens
Blandford Elm, Edinburgh (2016)

Blandford Forum, commonly Blandford, is a market town in Dorset, England, sited by the River Stour about 13 mi northwest of Poole.

The Roman road (the overgrown bank on the left) east of the village

Corfe Mullen

Village in Dorset, England, on the north-western urban fringe of the South East Dorset conurbation.

Village in Dorset, England, on the north-western urban fringe of the South East Dorset conurbation.

The Roman road (the overgrown bank on the left) east of the village
Lockyer's Middle School was Lockyer's Charity School (formed in 1706)

The mill referred to is the old water mill on the River Stour, mentioned in the Domesday Book, where the village originally stood.