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A 1907 account of Dorset:
The county of Dorset is rich in everything that can attract the student of history or the lover of what is beautiful in nature, in literature, and in art. In its numerous and mysterious earthworks it has engraven on its very surface or concealed deep beneath it imperishable records of an almost forgotten past. It has every variety of soil and of scenery; a majestic coastline, breezy and health-giving downs, stretches of wild moorland, solemn fir-woods, clear streamlets, luxuriant water-meadows. It has a rich and varied plant and animal life. It has produced in these latter days a poet and a novelist who are exclusively its own, and each of them unique and supreme of his kind - William Barnes and Thomas Hardy. It has castles and abbeys, some of them in ruins, and are all the more beautiful, perhaps, that they are so; some in perfect repair and use recalling the stately march of English history almost from the Conqueror downwards.
Three of Walter Tyndale's paintings of 'typical wessex scenes'.
left, a manor house - difficult to identify!.
center, a dairy farm
right, the Saxon church at Wareham.
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This site is an archive to the main site, dorsetshire.com
It has material under development, stalled or with no obvious place elsewhere. Ramble and enjoy!
There is no search facility, this is an old-fashioned site (there might be one day).

The header bar on each page is a cross-section of a photograph of Hambledon hill, a neolithic hill-fort, and Hod hill, a neolithic fort occupied by Romans having a commanding view of the routes both north and north-west of Blandford along the Stour towards Sturminster Newton and north towards Shaftesbury. Notice the beautiful, rare yew-wood on the southern end of Hambledon hill. Finally on the right-hand-side lies Shillingstone hill, site of two British villages, now mostly ploughed up.